About – Special Education Law and Special Needs Estate Planning

The Law Office of James M. Baron is dedicated to helping students and parents resolve education-related legal disputes as quickly and inexpensively as possible.  Our clients range from pre-Kindergarten through Graduate School.  We have successfully helped clients address a wide variety of issues, including special education and discipline.

Attorney James M. Baron’s legal training is supplemented by a Master’s Degree in Education (M.Ed.), a Massachusetts teaching certificate, and personal experience dealing with the special education system.  Because of this experience and interest, he has dedicated the majority of his practice to Education Law.   In addition to providing legal representation, Attorney Baron’s many years of advocating on behalf of his own child allow him to offer empathy, guidance and understanding that can only come from such personal experience.

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  1. Hello James,
    I did an internet search looking for some validation as to why some students can pass the MCAS but can’t achieve a semi-decent score on the SAT. As a middle school speech and language pathologist I already know the answer but I was looking for something a little scholarly to reference. Anyway your 2007 paper came up

    When Good Intentions Go Bad: The MCAS Graduation Requirement and Special Education Children

    Your paper reflects how I’ve been feeling about MCAS since the beginning. In 2002, I proctored a 6th grade boy who clearly could not do any of the math. Sat there and told me how stupid he was and that he would never be able to pass. The reality is because of his disability and learning style I knew he would never be able to come close to passing. I felt cruel making him sit there and take it. With my testing, once they hit I ceiling….I stop. Long story short…I wrote of my concerns to the DOE even invited the head of the DOE at the time to proctor at our school the next year. The only thing I got back was a carefully crafted letter telling me about all the accommodations available.

    Now 8 years later RTI……another solution. I have such mixed feelings on it. Frankly because when I first started working in the mid 80ies a similiar approach was being tried. It fell flat and kids lost a lot of precious time. Today RTI is the buzz word. All the articles I’ve seen and consultants I’ve listened to say “the data supports RTI”. I’ve yet to see any hard data. Can’t find it on line and no one can produce it for me. Educational research is big on quoting opinions, as a lawyer I am sure you know that.
    I get the impression that every school across the country has a different opinion of what RTI should look like. Even the powers that be within a school have different ideas of what RTI is. I also think a lot of schools are also putting plans in place on paper without a lot of appropriate follow through.

    The integration piece is great but I feel the education/training for many of these kids is slipping, many of the kids with mild learning issues are falling through the cracks and many are just not going to get the specialized instruction they need. Have you posted anything on your blog in reference to RTI? Have parents approached you with concerns around the RTI approach for their special needs child? After reading your paper I would like to read your opinion. I can’t see how RTI is going to improve MCAS scores. I even think it will end up dragging them down.

    Sorry to go on and on. I’m just really beginning to wonder how parents are reacting to the changes in education.

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