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Colorado Teachers Face Unique Challenges Under State Criminal Sealing Laws

The most valuable asset that any licensed professional has is their license to practice in their chosen field, and of course teachers are no different in this regard.  No matter how good you may be in your career, it makes no difference if you lose your license to practice.  All professionals - doctors, accountants, dentists, nurses, etc. - of course are terrified by the prospect of losing their professional license due to some past transgression, but teachers especially face unique circumstances when it comes to past criminal conduct.  

Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans for Special Education Students

As a general rule, special education students have to be kept in their regular placement as determined in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  However, at times special education students will misbehave and may be disciplined by removal from that regular placement.  In fact, research shows that special education students generally tend to get disciplined more often than their general education peers, and also that the discipline for them may often be longer and more severe.  Luckily, however, the law does offer protections for special education students, but parents have to use the law properly.  

Part 1: Handling Disagreements on Placements of Kids with IEPs

With respect to students on an IEP who are being disciplined, sometimes disagreements will arise between the child's parents, who believe that the problem behavior is a manifestation of the student's disability or a school's failure to properly implement the IEP, and the rest of the IEP team, who believe this not to be the case.  If this happens, it is a serious problem, and the school district is going to have to make some very important decisions.  Things for the district can turn very messy very quickly - not to mention very expensive - if there is a determined parent, and the district must make a decision as to whether it wants to have this fight or wants to work out some kind of a compromise with the parent. 

My Child is on an IEP and has been Suspended. What do I do?

First off, don't think that you're powerless.  Regardless of what the school may tell you, if your son or daughter has an IEP and has been suspended or is facing expulsion, you have a great deal of control over what happens next.  

Possible Changes to PUC Law Could Lead to More Transportation Options

House Bill 1316 has been put on Governor Hickenlooper's desk. This bill would streamline the process of becoming a transportation company.  Under the current law, any prospective taxi company in the Denver metro area has to prove that there is a "public need" prior to getting authorization by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to operate as public carrier.  But if the Governor signs this bill into law, then that public need requirement will be eliminated.  This is great news for potential competitors to Metro Taxi, Yellow Cab, Uber and other transportation providers in the Denver area.  This would make it much easier for potential competitor taxi companies to operate because traditionally it has been hard to establish public need. 

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