IEPadvocate4you

Carol Sadler
Special Education Consultant/Advocate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4you.com

I am a lay Parent Advocate assisting parents of children with disabilities in school IDEA, 504 and SST meetings. I am a former CHADD and LDA Coordinator, graduate of the 1st GA Advocacy Office PLSP legal training course and most importantly parent of two children with various disabilities.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We need your voice! Re: GNET's

Information from Leslie Lipson at GAO regarding the GNET programs.  We need your voice!  Please share widely!!

 

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you
Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4you.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment & Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET=GetNoEducation/Therapy=PsychoNOed=Jail without Jury or Trial=Imprisonment without Legal Representation Carol & GA Advocates

 

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Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

Dear Parents/Families, (please forward to your networks)

If your child is currently attending a GNET program, has been in a GNET program, or has struggled to get quality supports for behavioral-related disabilities in your neighborhood school, you are likely aware that the United States Department of Justice filed a Complaint against the State of Georgia about Georgia violating the American’s with Disabilities Act by operating a segregated, state-wide program offering an inferior education on August 23, 2016: http://bit.ly/2bxN2Em
In somewhat related news, the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) is in the preliminary stages of drafting a new state rule governing the GNET program and services, and they want to hear from you.  They are hosting three regional feedback meetings to get your input on the proposed draft rule regarding how Georgia provides supports for behavioral-related disabilities and the current GNETS programs.

Below are the dates and times for the feedback meetings:

Gainesville, GA Date: October 24, 2016 Time: 3pm – 6pm 
Tifton, GA Date: October 27, 2016 Time: 3pm – 6pm
Fayetteville, GA Date: October 28, 2016 Time: 3pm – 6pm

At these meetings, speakers will have 3 minutes to share their thoughts on the draft of the new proposed rule.  If you cannot attend any of these meetings and want to provide public feedback, you can email your comments to GNETrule@doe.k12.ga.us and llipson@thegao.org .(Please see the attached flyer for more specific details about the meetings. Also attached is the new draft rule and the current rule.)


GAO would like to support families as you develop your speaking points, and invite you to join us in one of two informational conference calls, where we will discuss the draft proposed rule and upcoming feedback meetings.  These conference calls will be held on Thursday October 20, 2016 at 12pm -1pm and 6pm-7pm. If you are interested in joining us for one of the conference calls, please email llipson@thegao.org with your RSVP and we will send the call-in information. 


As a preview to the draft proposed rule and our conference calls, the draft proposed rule does not do away with the GNETS as a separate and distinct program where students who need behavioral-related support "belong" to the GNETS program and attend GNETS classrooms or separate buildings, nor does it change the current segregated funding structure; however, it does give the option of local school districts to request assistance from the GNETS program to provide "GNETS services" to students in their own zoned/neighborhood schools.  However, it gives no guidance or structure for parents or schools to access these supports. Again, please see the attached for the text of the new draft rule.  Additionally, giving comment about your experience struggling to receive appropriate services in a GNETS or at a local neighborhood school would be helpful. 

We hope to hear from you on a conference call this Thursday.

Leslie K. Lipson
Of Counsel
Georgia Advocacy Office
One West Court Square, Suite 625
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 885-1234
www.thegao.org
llipson@thegao.org

Monday, July 20, 2015

DOJ Meetings on GA GNETS

From Leslie Lipson, GAO – Please forward to others!!

Hey Advocates,

I want to thank SO MANY of you for contacting us concerning your ability to assist with the advocacy surrounding the Department of Justice Letter of Finding that our state is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.  There are multiple ways to be involved, and I am writing to invite you into the process.  The Letter of Finding can be accessed here: http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/olmstead_cases_list2.htm.  This is an incredible first step, and there is still much to be done during the negotiation and hopeful settlement regarding children returning to our neighborhood schools with smart, individualize supports. 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) will visit Georgia during the week of July 26 and meet with families and students who have been in the GNETS or avoided the GNETS.  They want to hear from stakeholders. I know that we have a community of advocates ready and willing to tell the government what we need in our state to have students supported in their neighborhood schools.  If you cannot attend any of the meetings arranged in Georgia (see below for times and locations), the DOJ may be able to accommodate your schedule by meeting you at a different venue or speaking with you on the phone.   Please contact Torey Cummings at the DOJ at (202) 305-4204 or Torey.Cummings@usdoj.gov with questions or requests regarding how your voice can be heard.

 Locations and times:

Sun., July 26 at 5:30PM, Decatur Courtyard by Marriott, 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, Georgia 30030

Mon., July 27 at 1:00PM, Decatur Courtyard by Marriott

Mon., July 27, daytime Dublin location to be determined

Mon., July 27 at 6:00PM, Gainesville Fairfield Inn and Suites, 1755 Browns Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30501

Mon., July 27 at 6:00PM, Macon Marriott City Center, 240 Coliseum Dr., Macon, GA 31217

Tues., July 28 at 6:00PM, Athens Springhill Suites, 3500 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606

Tues., July 28 at 6:00PM, Savannah Marriott Riverfront, 100 General McIntosh Blvd., Savannah, GA 31401

Weds., July 29, morning McDonough/Griffin Location to be determined

Another way to be involved would be for families and/or students to speak to the media about their experience in the segregated schooling and lack of access to positive inclusive opportunities.  Please email or call the Outreach Director Timothy Pratt (tpratt@thegao.org 404.85.1234) if you are interested in this opportunity. 

Please Forward this email to other interested individuals because we are going to need to come together as a community to hold to the promise of a quality education in the "most integrated setting" for all.

 Leslie K. Lipson

Program Director

Georgia Advocacy Office

One Decatur Town Center

150 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite 430

Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 885-1234

www.thegao.org

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Posted by: Leslie Lipson <LLipson@thegao.org>


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

DOJ Finds State of GA Violates Federal Law with (GNETS) Separate and Unequal Educational System for Children with Disabilities

GREAT NEWS for GA students in GNETS!

 

From Leslie Kulbersh Lipson - From the US Department of Justice: "On July 15, 2015, the United States sent its findings to the State of Georgia stating that the State’s administration of the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) program violates Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act by unnecessarily segregating students with disabilities from their peers in school. The State fails to ensure that students with behavior-related disabilities receive services and supports that could enable them to remain in, or return to, the most integrated educational placements appropriate to their needs."http://1.usa.gov/1MaDdeq

 

DOJ  Finds State of Georgia Violates Federal Law with Separate and Unequal

Educational System for Children with Disabilities

 

Decatur, Ga., July 15 --  The State of Georgia has violated federal disability rights law by placing thousands of children with “behavior-related disorders” such as autism in a separate and unequal educational system, a Department of Justice investigation released today said.

Students with disabilities are unlawfully segregated from their peers in Georgia and denied educational opportunities as a result, the DOJ’s letter of findings said.

The result: “school is like a prison,”  one child said. “It’s a warehouse for kids the school system doesn’t want or know how to deal with,” a parent told investigators.

The federal government finds the state to be in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Georgia is the only state with an entirely separate, state-funded system for educating students with disabilities.

 “Georgia has created a whole culture of throwing kids away with this system,” said Ruby Moore, executive director of the Georgia Advocacy Office, which provided information about the issue to the DOJ throughout its two-year investigation.

The federal agency’s findings concern the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS, a statewide network created in 1970 that consists of two dozen centers serving about 5,000 children with at least $70 million in state and federal funds, plus additional locally- and federally-funded services.

The network denies students equal access to resources widely available in public schools, such as physical education, art, music, gifted classes, electives -- or even regular interactions with teachers, as much of the instruction, particularly at the high school level, is online. They don’t have the opportunity to interact socially with other children in their communities and school systems, including at such events as football games, dances and other events important to children.  

Families also reported feeling “pushed” or “forced” into the GNETS program after one or several incidents involving their children. Investigators uncovered cases such as a public school student who was disciplined for being “verbally disruptive,” suspended for ten days, and then sent to GNETS. In another case, a student had been doing well with in-school supportive services in another state, only to have those services denied upon arriving to Georgia, with GNETS the only option offered his family.

The DOJ also found the network’s facilities to be “inferior,” often outdated and lacking such basic infrastructure as central air conditioning, as well as educational resources such as science labs and libraries, and extracurricular facilities such as gyms and playgrounds. Some of the GNETS facilities are actually located in buildings that were formerly used as segregated schools ultimately deemed illegal under Brown v. Board of Education.

“Placing children with disabilities in a separate system doesn’t promote emotional and behavioral development and learning, is contrary to best practices in the field, and is against the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Moore said.

The GAO is the federally-designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in Georgia.

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For further information, please contact: Ruby Moore, executive director, the Georgia Advocacy Office, Tel. 404-885-1234.

The DOJ Letter of Finding can be found here:  http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/documents/gnets_lof.pdf

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Paula Merritt Hopewell Fulton County Abuse Cover-up - Macedonia Concerned Parents

It has come to my attention that the Fulton County IST involved in the Hopewell Middle School Abuse and Cover-up of special needs students by teacher Melanie Pickens, Paula Merritt is moving from Mountain Road Elementary School as Asst. Principal to Macedonia Elementary School in Cherokee County GA. I wrote to Dr. P with my concerns in 2011 when she was hired by the district.

Several parents from Macedonia have now contacted me with concerns regarding Paula Merritt’s involvement in the Hopewell scandal and cover-up and are concerned about her being an administrator in their school.   I agree and believe that parents should be concerned, esp. since Asst. Principals are typically over Special Education services.  After what I have read in these reports, everyone should be concerned!

Macedonia Concerned Parents will be meeting at the Woodmont Golf Club dining room ( http://www.woodmontgolfclub.com/ )  in Cherokee County at 12:30 tomorrow 4/22/15 for lunch and are inviting any other concerned parents or advocates to join them.  Anyone interested in more information can contact Sarah Gallagher gsg22605@comcast.net .

I know that some parents are writing letters to the Cherokee County School Board.  I’m attaching 2 files regarding one case filed and pending against Paula Merritt.

You can also view previous information, articles, and investigation reports related to this abuse and cover-up on my Blog at:

Gag warning, the abuse is so horrific you may need to prepare yourself before reading.

Please share this information widely with others in GA Schools, esp. Cherokee and Fulton Counties.  We must never forget.

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4You.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com
IEPadvocate4you also now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson
“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment & Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate
GNET=GetNoEducation/Therapy=PsychoNOed=Jail without Jury or Trial=Imprisonment without Legal Representation

CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED
Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

Melanie Pickens Abuse Case - Rulings Conflict on Insurance for Teacher Accused of Abusing Special-Ed Students

More regarding the Melanie Pickens/Hopewell School/Fulton County abuse and cover-up case:

 

Chris Vance, Special Education Attorney

CHRIS E. VANCE, P.C.

Suite 100

2415 Oak Grove Valley Road, N.E.

Atlanta, Georgia  30345

(404) 320-6672 - Tel

(404) 320-3412 - Fax

(404) 313-3800 - Cell

 

 

 

Rulings Conflict on Insurance for Teacher Accused of Abusing Special-Ed Students

 

http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202723626300/Rulings-Conflict-on-Insurance-for-Teacher-Accused-of-Abusing-SpecialEd-Students?slreturn=20150321101344

 

Lawyer Chris Vance’s client would be able to collect from a teacher’s insurance policy on claims of abuse, but in a separate case, a different court took the opposite stance.John Disney/Daily Report

 

Divergent rulings mean a disabled student who claims she was mistreated by a teacher will not be able to collect on the teacher's insurance policy, but other students bringing similar claims against the same teacher may get a chance.

 

A recent ruling by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney says that some claims against former Fulton special education teacher Melanie Pickens are covered under a policy issued to her as part of her membership in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. McBurney's March 20 ruling is at odds with a federal district court judge's ruling, upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit last year, which said the claims wouldn't be covered by Pickens' insurance.

 

Michael Rust of Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, who has been handling the insurance company's fight against covering the teacher, called the matter one of the "least boring" insurance coverage issues in which he's been involved. He said his client hadn't decided whether to appeal the part of McBurney's ruling allowing coverage. "I thought the judge wrestled with it," he said.

McBurney didn't rule completely for the autistic student whose case was before him. The student's lawyer, Chris Vance of Atlanta, said, "What matters to us is there is insurance coverage."

 

A disabled student who lost on the coverage issue at the Eleventh Circuit, however, now must hope to prevail on her claims against the Fulton County School District, according to that student's lawyer, Craig Jones of The Orlando Firm in Decatur. "It's the only way we're going to recover," he said.

 

The former Fulton special ed teacher has faced criminal charges over her work at Hopewell Middle School in North Fulton, although another Fulton judge and an appellate panel has found her immune from criminal liability. While teaching a class of several children with various physical and mental disabilities, prosecutors say, Pickens confined students in a restrictive chair, either in the classroom or alone. They also accuse her of "slamming" a child against school walls and lockers.

According to McBurney's order in the insurance coverage case, the evidence before him showed that Pickens would yell at Vance's client—who sometimes loudly giggled to himself or spontaneously sat on the floor—calling him "retard," "little shit" or "little fucker."

 

Criminal charges against Pickens included cruelty to children and false imprisonment. Pickens' criminal defense attorney, B.J. Bernstein, has said Pickens did the best she could "with a tough situation and a difficult situation."

After an evidentiary hearing, Fulton Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk dismissed the criminal charges against Pickens under a state statute immunizing educators from criminal liability over discipline administered in good faith. A Georgia Court of Appeals panel upheld that ruling last month, rejecting District Attorney Paul Howard Jr.'s arguments that Pickens' actions were neither discipline nor taken in good faith. He has asked the Georgia Supreme Court to review the matter.

Meanwhile, families of several of Pickens' former students have sued her and other school personnel, raising claims such as denial of constitutional rights, assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

 

A sticking point in some of the civil cases has been insurance coverage for Pickens under the policy issued to her by National Casualty Co. In multiple cases, the insurer has filed separate declaratory judgment actions against Pickens and the student plaintiffs, arguing that it does not have to defend Pickens or indemnify her for any judgment.

 

According to Rust, the insurance company's lawyer, the policy has a $1 million coverage limit. The policy contains several exclusions, including for criminal acts, intentional acts or sexual misconduct. But the criminal and intentional act exclusions contain exceptions for "corporal punishment," meaning claims over corporal punishment usually would be covered under the policy.

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n April 2014, U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash granted summary judgment to National Casualty in one of the insurance coverage cases. He said the insurance company was relieved of liability under the intentional acts exclusion because the student had alleged "deliberate" acts by Pickens. In a footnote, Thrash said neither the student nor Pickens had argued that Pickens' acts constituted "corporal punishment."

 

The student's attorney in a motion for reconsideration argued that part of the basis of the student's substantive due process claim was that Pickens violated the student's "right under the Fourteenth Amendment to be free from excessive corporal punishment," but Thrash denied that motion. The Eleventh Circuit panel of Judges Gerald Tjoflat, Charles Wilson and Robin Rosenbaum affirmed Thrash.

In Fulton County in March, following a bench trial in the case over insurance coverage for claims brought by another student, McBurney issued a final decision on coverage. McBurney said all of Pickens' alleged conduct was intentional and some may also have been criminal, but he said National Casualty must defend and indemnify Pickens to the extent claims are based on acts of corporal punishment. He distinguished between acts that met his definition of corporal punishment—"the physical punishment Pickens meted out on [the student] in immediate response to his perceived misconduct"—and the "many" instances of "abuse" of [the student] that were unprovoked by the boy's behavior or addressed behavior that Pickens herself instigated by "harassing" him.

 

"Those times when Pickens would accost—verbally or physically—an otherwise tranquil [student] and incite him, so that Pickens could then further abuse him by 'punishing' him for a disruption that she fomented, were not instances of corporal punishment and are excluded from coverage," wrote McBurney. "Similarly, when Pickens would slap, grab or confine [the student] for no reason at all—i.e., when there was no arguable corrective purpose to her actions—she was engaging in abuse that garners no coverage under plaintiff's policy."

 

The student's civil lawsuit, which is pending before U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten Sr., has been stayed during the criminal appeal, but Vance said she will move to have the stay lifted because, "These witnesses are forgetting."

Rust, the insurance company's lawyer, said a key difference between the case decided by McBurney and that decided by the Eleventh Circuit is that McBurney was presented evidence by the student's lawyer that created a factual dispute over whether Pickens' actions were to punish the student or simply abuse him, while Thrash was not.

 

Jones, the lawyer who lost the coverage issue at the Eleventh Circuit, attributed the difference in the court opinions to busy federal judges not paying attention, noting declaratory judgment actions over insurance are generally "mind-numbingly boring."

 

Jones said the irony in the case is that Pickens was granted immunity from prosecution because the courts concluded she was engaged in discipline, which he equated with corporal punishment. "In order to win our case, we have to show that this was excessive corporal punishment," said Jones, "yet the court has said that we don't have coverage under a policy that covers corporal punishment."

Freeman Mathis & Gary lawyer Mary Ann Ackourey, who is representing Pickens in the civil cases under her insurance policy, declined to comment on the merits of the suits.

 

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you
Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4You.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment & Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET=GetNoEducation/Therapy=PsychoNOed=Jail without Jury or Trial=Imprisonment without Legal Representation

 

CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED
Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jake Marshall Civil Court Case - More on the Fulton School System & Pickens Abuse

Below (click on the link Final Order and Judgment) is the final decision in the Jake Marshall/Melanie Pickens VS National Casualty Company civil court case.

 

Melanie Pickens, while employed by the Fulton County School District, was a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators ("PAGE"). Through her PAGE membership, Pickens had insurance coverage through Plaintiff (National Casualty Company. It is her policy with Plaintiff that was at issue in this case.

 

National Casualty Company sued Pickens and Jake Marshall to try to prove that her abuse of Jake Marshall was not covered under her policy with PAGE, therefore NCC would not be liable for any lawsuit brought by Jake Marshall (this would have then impacted the other children in Hopewell/Pickens class).

 

Chris Vance, Jake’s attorney, argued that while Melanie Pickens abused Jake Marshall, it was still Corporal Punishment.  Corporal Punishment was covered under the PAGE policy.  They won.

 

This is a big win for Jake and the other children abused by Melanie Pickens in the Fulton County Hopewell Middle School.

 

Here is previous links to the Pickens Abuse Cases.  You can read the Fulton County Investigation Report and GA Professional Standards Report:

http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com/2014/01/melanie-pickens-abuse-case-update.html (Gag warning, the abuse was horrific.  30 educators knew and did not report.  It was a huge cover-up in Fulton County Schools.)

 

Please distribute to others.  We must never forget to keep this from happening again!

 

Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you
Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4You.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

IEPadvocate4you also now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment & Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET = GetNoEducation/Therapy = PsychoNOed = Jail without Jury or Trial = Imprisonment without Legal Representation

 

CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED
Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

From Chris Vance – Attorney for Jake Marshall

Please distribute widely.

We must do everything possible to prevent this ever happening again.

 Five years, three schools, at least 30 educators ….

 Chris

P.S.  The attached decision did not delve into AT ALL the abuse of other children or the sexual abuse.  It was only the horrific abuse of Jake at one school.

CHRIS E. VANCE, P.C.

Suite 100

2415 Oak Grove Valley Road, N.E.

Atlanta, Georgia  30345

(404) 320-6672 - Tel

(404) 320-3412 - Fax

(404) 313-3800 - Cell

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fulton/Hopewell/Melanie Pickens - Family suing Fulton County teacher accused of abuse

FYI – More on the Fulton/Hopewell/Melanie Pickens abuse case.

 

http://shar.es/1Wjej9

The case of a former Fulton County special education teacher accused of abusing students was back before a judge Tuesday, this time because the company that insured the teacher is refusing to pay any future claims associated with her alleged actions.

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Advocacy & Consulting Services - IEPadvocate4you
Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
770-442-8357
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188
CarolSadler@bellsouth.net
www.IEPadvocate4You.com
http://iepadvocate4you.blogspot.com

IEPadvocate4you also now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment & Aversives are Abusive and Dehumanizing” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate

GNET=GetNoEducation/Therapy=PsychoNOed=Jail without Jury or Trial=Imprisonment without Legal Representation

 

CONFIDENTIAL AND PRIVILEGED
Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.

 

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