Kyle A. Raney is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Sacramento Office and interim co-chair of the Special Education Practice Group. Mr. Raney focuses on special education and student issues faced by education agencies throughout California. Mr. Raney regularly provides counsel and support to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools on all phases of special education litigation, including resolution sessions, mediation, informal negotiations, witness preparation and due process hearings.
Mr. Raney is experienced in developing strategies and providing practical guidance with respect to all special education-related matters, including IEP team meeting attendance. He represents and advises school district, county office of education, charter school and SELPA clients on various issues involving governance, labor and employment matters, personnel issues, Uniform Complaints, CDE/OCR complaints, PERB and EEOC matters, charter start-up, renewal, and revocation, and Section 504, ADA, and FERPA compliance. In addition, he regularly conducts investigations of school employee misconduct including allegations of sexual harassment and child abuse. He is experienced in coordinating and prosecuting student expulsion proceedings on behalf of school district clients, and serving as procedural advisor to county boards of education on expulsion appeals.
Mr. Raney is regularly invited to speak on student and special education topics for statewide organizations, such as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) at the annual Every Child Counts Symposium, and the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) Conference. Mr. Raney also frequently presents workshops for school district, county office of education clients on such topics as Conflicts of Interest, Confidentiality of Pupil Records, Student Discipline Procedures, and Section 504.
Mr. Raney received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. During Law School, Mr. Raney was the recipient of the Public Service Scholarship, and was awarded an internship with the California Department of Managed Health Care. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in Communication, from the University of California, Davis.
Sloan Simmons sits down with Lozano Smith Special Education Practice Group Leaders Marcy Gutierrez and Aly Bivins, along with special education, 504, and student attorney Kyle Raney, to discuss this year's legislative activity in the area of special education, as well to get their views on what school officials should be thinking about in the special education arena looking forward to 2020.