This lecture, presented by education attorney Bonnie Spiro Schinagle, will review the various statutes and regulations governing school choice. The program will begin by providing a history of public education in the United States and an overview of the school choice movement.
The program will then review relevant case law concerning school choice. Ms. Spiro Schinagle will review the Supreme Court’s ruling in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, 536 U.S. 639 (2002) and will also review litigation in various jurisdictions throughout the country. Other topics to be discussed include tax credits, establishment clause concerns, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as it relates to school choice.
Bonnie Spiro Schinagle is a special education lawyer admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut. She holds Juris Doctorate and Master of Laws degrees from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
She clerked for Magistrate Judge Linea Johnson, U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and for Judge Barry J. Stone,Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida. Her scholarly articles about various facets of the IDEIA have been published in the C.U.N.Y Law Review and Children’s Legal Rights Journal. See, The Strained Dynamic of the LRE Concept in the IDEA 35 Children’s Legal Rights Journal 229 (2015) Dr. Marilyn Bartlett, co-author; Considering the Individualized Education Program: A Call for Applying Contract Theory To An Essential Legal Document, 17 C.U.N.Y. Law Review 195 (2013).
Bonnie has delivered case law updates at Wrightslaw conferences in the New York area and has presented lectures on special education law to parent and professional groups, including the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Bonnie currently represents families seeking to assert their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut. She serves on the Government Relations Committee of the Council for Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA) and the board of Child Abuse Prevention Services of Long Island.
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