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Barbara (Barb) Raich primarily focuses on student-related issues, including special education, Section 504, student discipline, school safety, and the parent-charter school relationship. Barb also assists both independent study model charter schools and more traditional charter schools with their compliance with and implementation of independent study laws and programs. Barb regularly supports clients in responding to complaints before the Office of Administrative Hearings, California Department of Education, and Office for Civil Rights. Additionally, Barb contributes articles to the LRP publication, Charter School Special Education Compliance Advisor, and has presented for the California School Management Corporation and The Association of Personalized Learning Schools and Services.
Prior to joining YM&C, Barb was a clerk for the Center for Education Policy and Law, conducting research regarding school district governance, financing, collective bargaining, and under-performing schools. She also practiced law representing community colleges and school districts in the greater San Diego area. She is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association.
Barb graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language, with a minor in business administration, from Michigan State University, with honors. While at Michigan State, Barb worked as an English teacher to a special needs Russian-speaking child, and as a teaching assistant for multiple business law courses. Barb obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego, where she was a member of the San Diego International Law Journal. Barb also represented low-income clients in general civil litigation matters for two years at the University of San Diego Legal Clinics. Barb additionally provided local San Diego residents with volunteer legal services regarding issues related to their HIV/AIDS status.
- Student v. High Tech Middle North County, OAH Case No. 2014080899