Highlights: New success story - how I got the school to change my child's program and placement; NCLB Act - schools must measure progress & report progress to parents; free shipping & discounts during summer sale; employment law protections for parents of disabled and sick children; advocacy training in Richmond; glossaries of special ed legal and assessment terms; Special Education Practice in Virginia CLE.
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1. Success Story: How I Got the School to Change My Child's Program & Placement
Debbie writes, "My 7 year old son Kevin has autism and is a "regular ed" first grade. On standardized testing in reading and math, he was a grade level behind - yet the teacher says he made 'good progress'."
knew that Kevin's progress next year would hinge on his placement
in a visually rich program."
Solution: How I Got the School to Change My Child's Program and Placement
2. No Child Left Behind Act Schools Must Measure Progress & Report Results to Parents
On July 24, Secretary Rod Paige sent a letter to state and local education leaders throughout the nation about the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Schools must measure each child's progress every year and must report the results to the child's parents and to the public. Yes, this requirement applies to children in special education.
To learn about these requirements, read Schools Must Measure Progress & Report Results to Parents at
To learn more about this new law, read The No Child Left Behind Act - What Does It Mean to You?
3. Summer Sale! Free Shipping & Discounts on Combos
Free Shipping on All Books- Save $4.95
Between July 30 to August 15, 2002, Harbor House Law Press is offering FREE SHIPPING on all Wrightslaw books!
Free Shipping & Discounts on Combos - Save $9.95 or $14.95!
When you order the deluxe edition of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law with the Special Education Law CD ROM (retail: $39.95) and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (retail: $29.95), you save $14.95 ($10.00 on the books and free shipping).
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4. Employment Law Protections for Parents of Disabled & Ill Children by Loring Spolter, Esq.
"Parents of children having disabilities and serious medical conditions are at high risk for employment discrimination."
"The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law which provides important job protections to parents who take time off from work to be with children receiving medical and psychiatric care or are recuperating from serious health concerns."
"The law permits mothers and fathers to take unpaid leaves of absences from work - with the promise of having jobs to come back to. With FMLA, parents can take time off from work when their children are hospitalized or are confronted with "serious health conditions" requiring routine appointments with medical doctors, mental health counselors, physical therapists, speech therapists and other professionals."
Loring Spolter describes qualifying conditions, leave, protections,
advanced notice, wages and benefits, awards and damages under FMLA.
He also provides a useful FMLA Leave Checklist
and advice about finding an attorney in your area.
5. Wrightslaw Advocacy Training in Richmond, VA - September 16, 2002
Parents of children with disabilities encounter many obstacles when they advocate for their children. Two obstacles are isolation and lack of information. On September 16, we will present a full day of advocacy training. You will learn about:
Special education law, rights and responsibilities;
From Emotions to Advocacy will be available for
purchase at the workshop.
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6. Do You Need a Glossary of Terms?
Do you teach a class about special education or special ed law? Are you looking for definitions of legal and special ed terms?
Get our Glossary of Special Ed & Legal Terms.
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In pdf - http://www.fetaweb.com/06/glossary.spedlegal.pdf
teach a class about testing? Assessment? Do you have questions about
testing terms? Get our Glossary
of Assessment Terms:
7. Special Education Practice in Virginia: August 22, 2002
The Virginia Legal Advocacy Center will offer its special education CLE, Special Education Practice in Virginia, in Richmond on August 22, 2002.
The program carries 7 CLE credits, including 2 ethics credits, and 3 Guardian ad litem credits. The training is geared toward attorneys, advocates, and parents considering or involved in due process.
Get more information about Special Education Practice in Virginia at:
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