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Jr., Ed.D.

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Chair, Editorial Advisory and Authors Committee

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West's Education Law Reporter

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Holliston, MA

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Allan Osborne is the Chair of the Editorial Advisory and Authors Committees of West’s Education Law Reporter, the editorial content of which is published in collaboration with ELA.

He retired as the Principal of the Snug Harbor Community School in Quincy, MA. in 2008. During his 34 years in education, he served as a special education teacher, special education administrator, assistant principal, and principal. He has also served as an adjunct professor of special education and school law at several colleges in Massachusetts. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from Boston College and a master’s in special education from Fitchburg State College.

Allan has authored or co-authored numerous articles, monographs, and textbooks on special education law, along with textbooks on other aspects of special education and school law. A Past-President of the Education Law Association (ELA) he has been an attendee and presenter at most ELA conferences since 1991. He has also written a chapter now entitled “Students with Disabilities” for the Yearbook of Education Law since 1990. In recognition of his contributions to the field of education law, Allan was presented with the prestigious McGhehey Award by ELA in 2008.

In retirement Allan and his wife Deb volunteer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and fundraise for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in New Haven, CT.

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