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Communications with this office will reach any of the attorneys or advocates listed below.

2509 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Phone:  (727) 323-2555
Fax:  (727) 323-2599

Mark S. Kamleiter, Esquire
Senior Attorney
Board Certified in Education Law
Statewide practice

Diane Cardin-Kamleiter
Business management, Accounting, and Invoicing

Taquaisha Johnson

Tammy Mullon,
Educational Advocate
(321)-432-2440 (Direct)
(727) 323-2555 (main office)
Fax:  321-821-1927
 Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Brevard, Osceola and surrounding counties

Nina A. Kannatt, Esquire
Of Counsel
(904) 287-2299
Duval, St. Johns, Flager, Putnam, Clay, Nassau and surrounding counties

Kimberley Spire-Oh, Esquire
Of Counsel
Collaborating Attorney
Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade and surrounding counties

Melissa Caylor,
Educational Advocate
(727) 323-2555
 Pinellas, Pasco, Polk Hillsborough and surrounding counties.

Andrea Macintire
Education Advocate
2509 First Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, FL
(727) 323-2599
Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and surrounding counties

Deborah Campbell,
Educational Advocate
(727) 323-2555
Northwest Central FL
Citrus, Levy, Hernando, Alachua, Marion, Sumter

Wilbur Hawke
Educational Advocate
(727) 323-2555
Southwest Florida

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The law firm of Special Education Law & Advocacy (SELA) has been established in St. Petersburg since 1993 (previously known as Mark S. Kamleiter, Attorney).  Building on his experience as an special educator and behavior specialist, Mark has developed this practice to the point where this firm is able to serve children with disabilities throughout the state of Florida.  Our firm is committed to maintaining highly personal, close professional relationships with each of our clients.  We also hope you will make this site your "go-to" site for the latest legal resources and information relative to Florida special education law and advocacy.

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Mark S. Kamleiter, Esquire
Board Certified in Education Law
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Third Grade Retention

 Parents who did not want their children to take the FSA (State Assessment) last year simply instructed their children to open the assessment, put their names on it and then close the booklet.  That act should have caused the children to receive a "0" on the assessment, which would make them eligible to have a "portfolio" developed for them (this is a series of academic probes and review of class performance, intended to evaluate the student's performance and mastery, without the FSA).  Instead a number of school districts treated the children as though they had not taken the FSA and the districts refused to develop a portfolio. This resulted in the plaintiffs in this case being retained in 3rd grade, even though they had made passing grades and were obviously prepared for 4th grade studies.

The matter was decided by Judge Geivers in the 2nd Circuit (Leon County/Tallahassee).  He found that the school districts were obligated to develop portfolios for such children and that their retention was improper and illegal.  This is probably not the last word on this matter and almost certainly the case will be appealed, but I think it is an important to note this development.  For those who like to read cases for themselves, I have posted it below.  Reading cases is a good way to get a feel for the law and how it develops.