Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills
you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. In
this issue, we look at extended school year services and expert witnesses.
1. Extended School Year (ESY): FAPE v. Administrative Convenience
are like many parents, you have questions about extended school year
(ESY) services. Perhaps your child's IEP team said your child does
not qualify for extended school year services - and you disagree.
2. New Issue of The Beacon: Experts & Expert Witnesses
Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice is a
multidisciplinary electronic journal of special education law and
practice that is published quarterly by Harbor
House Law Press.
3. Using an Expert as an Effective Resource
an Expert as an Effective Resource, attorney-author Jennifer Bollero
explains why parents should rely on advice from trained professionals
to make informed decisions about their child's special education program.
4. News from IDEA Reauthorization Hearings
Commission on Excellence in Special Education is holding hearings
around the country about reauthorizing the IDEA. After these hearings,
the Commission will prepare and submit a report to the President outlining
its findings and recommendations.
On April 9 & 10, the Commission held hearings in Florida and received testimony about Parental Choice and Parent Involvement. Lilly Rangel-Diaz attended this meeting and presented documents as her written testimony. She provides her observations in this report:
5. New Yellow Pages: Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Washington
states down, 30 states and 6 territories to go!
Please visit the Yellow Pages for your state. (If your state is not up yet, please be patient) If you know about a good resource, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
subject line of your message, type your state's two letter designation:
UT, MN, NY, TX, followed by the words YELLOW PAGES - for example,
UT YELLOW PAGES. Thanks!
6. Help on Fetaweb.com Best School Websites, FETA Owner's Manual & More
is the companion site to our book, From
Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide.
7. Wrightslaw Advocacy Training
Knowledge is power. When you have information and skills, you will be a more effective advocate for your child. Our role is to help you gain knowledge so you can negotiate with the school on your child's behalf.
Between now and May 27 (Memorial Day), we are scheduled to do training programs in Minot, ND, Oklahoma City, Sacramento, and Chicago.
* April 26 & 27: Two-day Boot Camp in Minot, North Dakota *
advocacy seminars focus on four areas: special education law, rights
and responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress
& regression; SMART IEPs; and how to use tactics & strategies
for effective advocacy.
more information about these events and programs that will be held
over the next few months, please check our Seminars
& Training page: http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/index.htm
8. Subscription & Contact Info
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