Ferrara Fiorenza PC Welcomes the Addition of Attorneys and Staff from Binghamton-Based Hogan, Sarzynski, Lynch, DeWind & Gregory, LLP Oct 6th, 2022
by Ferrara Fiorenza PC

Ferrara Fiorenza PC Welcomes the Addition of Attorneys and Staff from Binghamton-Based Hogan, Sarzynski, Lynch, DeWind & Gregory, LLP

The attorneys and staff of the Binghamton-area law firm Hogan, Sarzynski, Lynch, DeWind & Gregory, LLP (HSLD&G) have joined the education, labor relations, and employment law firm Ferrara Fiorenza PC. The combined firms represent nearly 60 years of serving school district and BOCES clients.

Ferrara Fiorenza PC named one of Central New York’s Best Places to Work in 2022Sep 12th, 2022
by Ferrara Fiorenza PC

Ferrara Fiorenza PC named one of Central New York’s Best Places to Work in 2022

At a ceremony on September 12, 2022, Ferrara Fiorenza was officially recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the Central New York Business Journal in the 15-50 employees category.

Careful Consideration of Transportation Pick-Up/Drop-Off Modification Requests is EssentialAug 23rd, 2022
by Heather M. Cole

Careful Consideration of Transportation Pick-Up/Drop-Off Modification Requests is Essential

The Education Law provides school districts with broad discretion when designating pick-up and drop-off points on transportation routes. But what happens when families work collaboratively to suggest an alternative that is a minimal distance from the district-designated location, is potentially safer, and results in minimal inconvenience to the school district?

Implement, Implement, ImplementAug 23rd, 2022
by Jennifer E. Mathews

Implement, Implement, Implement

Under the IDEA and New York State Education Law, students classified as students with disabilities must be provided with a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). To do this, a District committee on special education (CSE) determines if the student qualifies to be identified as a student with a disability in one of the 13 enumerated categories; if so, the CSE creates an individualized education plan (IEP), specifying the special education and related supports and services to be provided the student, based upon the student’s unique needs and abilities. Once an IEP is created, it is as binding on the District as any other legal mandate. The CSE has created the IEP; it is up to the District’s administration to ensure its implementation. In fact, failure to implement any material aspect of an IEP is generally prima facie evidence of a failure by the school district to provide a FAPE.

Arriving Soon - The Electric BusAug 23rd, 2022
by David E. Tinker

Arriving Soon - The Electric Bus

Zero emission vehicles will soon be a legal requirement for NYS Public Schools. The electric bus is scheduled to arrive in 2027—are you prepared for the ride? This article is intended to help you think about and prepare for the arrival of the electric bus.

Student Discipline – The Practical Need for Procedural PerfectionJul 22nd, 2022
by Michael P. Leone

Student Discipline – The Practical Need for Procedural Perfection

Student discipline encompasses important factors for educators seeking to balance student accountability for violation of the school rules, disruption to the educational setting, school safety, and the educational needs of students subject to discipline.

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