They are the co-authors of Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition. Pete Wright, Pam Wright and Suzanne Whitney Heath are the co-authors of Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind.
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition
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- No Child Left Behind Act
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- McKinney-Vento Homeless Act
- Decisions in special education cases from the U. S. Supreme Court
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The reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 is confusing to parents, educators, and even to most attorneys.
Ignorance of the law can be as damaging as the child’s disability.
What does the law say about Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) and IEP teams? Transition plans? What does the law say about reviewing and revising IEPs? Multi-year IEPs? Who may be excused from IEP meetings and under what circumstances?
What does the law say about evaluations, reevaluations and parental consent? What does the law say about the use of discrepancy formulas and response to intervention to identify children with specific learning disabilities?
What are the requirements for highly qualified special education teachers? When do these requirements go into effect? How can special education teachers meet the highly qualified teacher requirements?
What does IDEA 2004 say about child find? Special education services to children who attend private schools and charter schools? What does the law say about inclusion, mainstreaming and least restrictive environment?
What are early intervening services? Who is eligible for early intervening services? Who is entitled to accommodations? Alternate assessments? Who makes these decisions?
What does the law say about independent educational evaluations? Parent access to education records? Mediation? Parent notice? Prior written notice? Due Process Complaint Notice?
What are the new requirements for due process hearings? Resolution sessions? Qualifications for hearing officers? Attorneys' fees?
What does IDEA 2004 say about discipline? Positive behavioral intervention plans? Interim alternative placements? Manifestation Review Hearings?
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition will help you find answers to your questions!
Special education law is always changing. Since the second edition of Wrightslaw: Special Edcuation Law was published in 2007, the U.S. Department of Education has issued several new regulations and the U.S. Supreme Court has issued decisions in new cases.
Changes to the law and/or regulations and new decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court will be available on the Updates Page at:
Table of Contents
Section One: Law, Background and History
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Statutes, Regulations, Commentary, Judicial Interpretations and Caselaw
Chapter 3. A Short History of Special Education Law
Section Two – Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004)
Chapter 4: Overview of IDEA 2004
Chapter 5: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 with analysis and commentary
Chapter 6: IDEA 2004 Regulations (34 C.F.R. 300, et seq.)
Section Three: Other Federal Education Statutes
Chapter 7. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Chapter 8. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
Chapter 9. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Chapter 10. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Section Four – Special Education Caselaw
Chapter 11. Overview of Special Education Caselaw
Chapter 12. Special Education Law Casebook (includes major decisions in special education cases by the U. S. Supreme Court)
Section Five: Resources
Appendix A: Resources and References
Appendix B: Glossary of Special Education Abbreviations, Acronyms and Terms
Complete Table of Contents (in pdf)
About the Authors
Pete and Pam Wright were Adjunct Professors of Law at the William and Mary Law School where they taught a course about special education law and advocacy and assisted with creation of the Law School's Special Education Law Clinic. Pete and Pam are co-founders and faculty at the William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA).
Pete Wright is an attorney who has represented children with disabilities and their parents since the 1970s. Pete argued and won a landmark special education case before the U. S. Supreme Court. Bio
Pam Wright, a psychotherapist, has written scores of articles about special education advocacy. She is also the editor of The Special Ed Advocate, the free weekly online newsletter about special education law and advocacy issues. Bio
Pete and Pam built Wrightslaw, the #1 site about special education law and advocacy for parents, attorneys, advocates, and educators, Fetaweb.com and the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.
"Get to the office supply store and buy some tabs! Pete and Pam Wright did it again! Every parent and advocate should have this book as a companion to From Emotions to Advocacy." -- Loni Allen, Education Department, Parents Helping Parents, and advocate for families.
"... a detailed guide to everything parents need to know about IDEA 2004, the law governing their children’s access to a free, appropriate education." -- Jane Ross, Executive Director, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
"Once again, the Wrights have proved their ability to simplify the complexities of special education laws for the lay person. Parents and teachers alike will benefit from the new second edition of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law." -- Sonja Kerr, Esq., attorney in Alaska
"The selection, organization, and presentation of material and explanatory commentary make Wrightslaw: Special Education Law an essential book for everyone involved in any aspect of special education." -- John O. Willis, Ed.D., SAIF Assessment Specialist, Lecturer in Assessment, Rivier College, New Hampshire
"Wrightslaw: Special Education Law brings together federal laws, regulations, and major case law in one concise book. The annotations and explanations clarify the most complex points of special education law. Wrightslaw: Special Education Law is an indispensable resource for parents and professionals alike. -- Barbara Ebenstein, Esq., attorney in New York
"Wrightslaw: Special Education Law puts all the information that a parent, school person or advocate needs in one place. The book is succinct, but material is covered in a depth that will enable readers at different levels to understand and learn from it." -- Dr. John McCook, director of special education, Knox County, Tennessee