Keri Peterson was the Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Joel Miller (102nd Assembly District) until he retired in December of 2012. She began working for him in 2005 as a result of a presentation she gave regarding “shared services” between local municipalities and school districts.
Assemblyman Miller was a member of both the Education and Higher Education Committees in the New York State Assembly. With a mutual concern for children with learning challenges, Keri became his “go to” person for education issues. Keri represented his office at numerous school meetings (Team Meetings, Initial Review, Manifestation Determination, 504, Committee on Special Ed and Program Review) throughout his district, and when called upon she began aiding special education parents on behalf of his office throughout the region; successfully getting the student’s needed services.
Representing his office, Keri helped parents confront the challenges created by Committees on Special Education (CSE), when they tried to get appropriate Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and appropriate classifications for their child. As it turned out, in more than the 70 meetings Keri attended statewide, the school districts were not helping the child and, in fact, were violating the New York State Commissioner of Education Regulations and/or New York State Law during almost every meeting.
Keri realized that Special Education in New York State is a tough system for parents to navigate alone. It is a time of high emotion and stress for many families. They must deal with their child’s respective health issues while they fight for the child’s appropriate placement and services against a school district, which in many cases becomes adversarial. Keri believes in helping parents obtain the needed, lawful and deserved Special Education programs and services for their children. If these students are provided with the services the law allows, these students can become successful in their education allowing them to pursue higher education opportunities and become productive self sufficient citizens.
Keri is well versed in NY State Education Law and is here to offer her years of expertise and experience to parents battling their school districts for services. She will travel throughout the State, so please contact her. She wants to hear from you.
Together we can achieve success for your child!