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16 Sep, 5 tweets, 2 min read
Advocates for Angels: Meet the Panelists!

➡️Marc Levine: Marc is a retired Special Education Judge. He retired to help families of children with special needs. He co-founded Levine & Maybaum, LLP, a law firm that specializes in matters involving special education.
➡️Rita Fernandez-Loof: Rita has led efforts to improve education for children with disabilities and educate parents about their children’s rights. She authored legislation (SB 1327—Soto) to strengthen protections for children with disabilities attending private schools, which
ultimately became law.

➡️ Raven Woods: Raven is a Special Education and IEP Advocate from Northern Virginia. She has advocated for children for over 14 years. Raven has advocated not only for her own child, but for thousands of families across the US.
➡️Kit Savage: Kit is an educational advisor, non-attorney special education advocate, coach & public speaker on issues of equity in special education. Kit provides instruction to students with ADHD/LD/ASD to improve their performance in high school and college.

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16 Sep
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The link below is from the #Fiscal Crisis Management Team (#FCMAT), an independent
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