Annual Legal Issues Seminar

Special Education Compliance

Professional Development


Attorney Regina Tate returns to address developments over the past year for legal decisions, issues, and legislation that affect special education. Many consider this annual review their “must-attend” event for updating their knowledge and preparing themselves for the year to come.

Participants in this program will review developments over the past year in the areas of special education and education law. Both lecture and question and answer formats are utilized.

Attorney Tate will review court decisions and administrative agency decisions dealing with appropriate services and implementation of Massachusetts General Laws chapter 71B and Section 504, as well as regular education developments, including decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that are relevant to education.

The second session will complete the first session's round-up of key decisions and then deal with highly specialized questions and concerns in special education. The law and decisions around the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Reauthorization, and the issuance of the final federal regulations enforcing and implementing IDEA ’04 has been evolving and will be addressed throughout the workshop.

Audience and Grade Level

This event is strictly limited to teachers, administrators, and specialists who work in schools and school districts.

Superintendents, Principals, Special Education Directors


Certificate of Attendance, 6 hours


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Gini Tate has been practicing law since 1978. Her practice in the area of education covers a spectrum of issues including student discipline, special education, Education Reform, due process rights of teachers and other school employees, and other employment matters, academic freedom and civil rights. She also participates in the collective bargaining process on behalf of her education clients.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.