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September 20, 2001

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Several years ago, we wrote a comprehensive special education law and advocacy book.

This book included special education law, tactics and strategies, information about letter writing and meetings, statistics, educational and psychological tests, and more. The book even included a trial practice manual for attorneys and advocates.

When we completed the manuscript, we sent it to our editor. Valerie promptly sent it back.

Val said the content should be divided into three or more books. She advised us to go back to the drawing board and write:

* a special education legal reference book
* a book about tactics and strategies for parents
* a practice manual for advocates and attorneys

Our first book, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, was published in August, 1999. Wrightslaw: Special Education Law is now in the fifth printing and has sold over 16,000 copies.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law has gained widespread acceptance as "THE" book about special education law:

* The book is used as a text by professors in dozens of schools of education, psychology and law around the country.
* Courthouse law libraries are purchasing the book.
* One state purchased copies for all Administrative Law Judges.
* After parents take the book to IEP meetings, school districts buy the book for their special ed staff.

After Wrightslaw: Special Education Law came out, we began work on our next book, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy. We nicknamed this book "FETA".

While we were writing FETA, many people asked us to publish a book about tactics and strategy. We decided to publish the Tactics & Strategy Manual as an interim publication.

We did not place the Tactics & Strategy Manual in bookstores. The Tactics & Strategy Manual can only be purchased from Wrightslaw and Harbor House Law Press. Since January 2000, several thousand copies of the Tactics & Strategy Manual have been sold.

Our new book, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (FETA) will be available soon so,

The Tactics & Strategy Manual goes out of print on September 21, 2001.

The Tactics & Strategy Manual will be discontinued on Friday, September 21, at 3:00 p.m. EST. This is the only notice you will receive that the Tactics & Strategy Manual is out of print. Tomorrow afternoon, the link to purchase the Manual will be removed from the site.

If you planned to purchase the Tactics & Strategy Manual, act now.

Tactics Manual v. FETA

Are the Tactics & Strategy Manual and FETA different? Yes!

The Tactics & Strategy Manual is less comprehensive than FETA. The Manual does not have information about IEPs or Tests and Measurements, nor does it include sample letters and forms.

The Manual does have articles about emotions, letter writing, and meetings. The advocacy section of the Manual has the District Court, Fourth Circuit, and U. S. Supreme Court rulings in the case, Florence County School District IV v. Shannon Carter, along with the "Inside Story of Carter" by Pete. The Manual also has a chapter for attorneys and advocates about how to prepare for due process hearings.

For information about the Tactics Manual, including the Table of Contents reviews, and a sample chapter, go to Wrightslaw site.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy is a 370+ page book that teaches information and skills. In FETA, readers will learn about the special education system, the playing field, and issues that make parent-school conflict inevitable.

You will learn about the child's disability, how the disability affects the child, and appropriate educational and remediation techniques. You learn how to measure educational progress, and how to write annual goals for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

You also learn how to use tactics and strategies to prevent problems or resolve problems early. The book includes forms, worksheets, and sample letters that you can adopt to your circumstances.

FETA does not include cases, not does it include the chapter for advocates and attorneys about how to prepare for a due process hearing.

Pre-Publication Offer

When we get the "ship date" from our printer, we will send newsletter subscribers an announcement and pre-publication offer for Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (FETA).

Sneak Previews of FETA

FETA is more than a book. FETA has a companion web site that is now under construction. Content on the FetaWeb site is organized to track the contents of the book.

For more information about FETA, including early reviews, Introduction, Tables of Contents, Index and cover, visit the FETA page on Wrightslaw.

For a sneak preview of the FetaWeb site, go to - http://www.fetaweb.com/


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