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Are We Closing the Discipline Gap?

03/26/15
by Wrightslaw
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A new report published in February 2015 by the Civil Rights Project UCLA documents “gross disparities in the use of out-of-school suspension experienced by students with disabilities” and other subgroups.

These disparities mean concern about the “potentially unlawful denial of educational opportunity” and the impact on kids nationwide.

This impact includes:

  • loss of classroom instruction time
  • damage to student performance
  • higher risk of dropping out and delinquency
  • economic costs

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Wrightslaw Training Coming to Clinton, MD on April 23, 2015

03/23/15
by Wrightslaw
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The Colony South Hotel & Conference Center is the setting for this one-day Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training in Clinton, MD. Loud Voices Together Educational Advocacy Group is sponsoring this conference. The speaker for this April 23, 2015 training is Pete Wright, Esq.

Conference fee includes all day beverage bar, deluxe box lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and four Wrightslaw books.

Click here to register online.

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See you in Maryland!

 

 

 

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It’s IEP Season! Get Ready with Wrightslaw – 25% OFF Sale

03/19/15
by Wrightslaw
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How Do You Handle IEP Season? With Wrightslaw of course!

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All you have to do is enter Coupon Code 032015 at checkout to receive your discount.

 

 

 

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Socially & Developmentally Behind. Should We Retain?

03/12/15
by Sue Whitney
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My 11-year-old son, grade 5, is behind a little socially. He has no real friends who seek him out or invite him over. He says he wants to be in normal classes with friends.

He is in resource now for spelling and math, and has always been an average reader, but is slipping.

Next year in middle school, he should be in either resource classes or an inclusion model.

His teacher says she sees benefits for retaining. Otherwise, she advised us to put “everything we can into the IEP for grade 6.”

Should we retain him?

I see no information that would even remotely justify retention.

You do not need to retain your son in order to get an appropriate IEP. You know that is not true.

You need to back up and look at your long-term plan.

Your son’s 6th grade IEP should contain everything he needs, regardless of what school model he is in.

An IEP is not a gift or a consolation prize. It is your son’s right.

Instruction – A Red Flag

Being “in resource for spelling and math, has always been an average reader but is slipping” is a red flag that his teacher’s instruction is currently inadequate. [Read more →]

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From Emotions to Advocacy Training in Little Rock, Arkansas

03/09/15
by Wrightslaw
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On March 20, 2015 Pat Howey will present a Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Training in Little Rock, AR. The Arkansas Disability Coalition is sponsoring this conference.

In From Emotions to Advocacy training programs, parent advocate Pat Howey teaches you how to take an active role in managing your child’s special education, the gentle art of disagreeing, and how to maintain healthy working relationships with the school.

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See you in Arkansas!

 

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FYI: IEP Pop-Ups & Checklists

03/05/15
by Wrightslaw
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It’s IEP season.  Do you have questions about IEPs?

Time to learn, or review, what the law really says. (Hint: This may be different from what you have been told!)

Let these Pop-Ups and Checklists help you stress less during this IEP season!

IEP Checklist: Is Your Child’s IEP Individualized? What Does it Take? When you answer the questions on this IEP Checklist, you will know if your child’s IEP is individualized, as the law requires.

Developing Your Child’s IEP. Click on the pop-up box to learn about IDEA requirements, see answers to your questions, find federal law or regulations that support these answers, and a list of additional resources.

Special Factors in IEPs. Find what special factors need to be considered by the IEP team, how the IEP must address these factors, and learn what the federal law and regulations require.

Resolving IEP Disputes. Click on the pop-up box to learn strategies to resolve disagreements, steps to take if you disagree with the school, and options you have if unable to resolve disputes. [Read more →]

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Reminder – Wrightslaw Two Day Boot-Camp Heading to Bakersfield, CA!

03/02/15
by Wrightslaw
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Mark your calendar. Join the Wright’s and sponsor H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection for this special event.

A Wrightslaw Two-Day Boot Camp is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, 2015 in Bakersfield, CA. The training will take place at the Doubletree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court in Bakersfield.

Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, a deluxe Wrightslaw highlighter pen and three Wrightslaw books, which retails for $62.85.

Night of Inspiration – 2015 marks H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection’s 25th anniversary. On Thursday, March 5, 2015, celebrate with a wonderful evening of dinner and special guests to include Pete and Pam Wright of Wrightslaw. Click here for details.

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Back to Basics: What is IDEA and RTI?

02/26/15
by Wrightslaw
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Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd EditionA question in the Wrightslaw inbox that caught us by surprise. We sometimes forget the basics.

Can you tell me what these mean? IDEA and RTI

Based on your question, I suspect you are quite new to this field.

Start with the Basics

IDEA. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

If you have a child with special needs, per IDEA, the school district is supposed to evaluate your child.

RTI. Response to Intervention

If your child is suspected of having a learning disability (LD), the school district may use the discrepancy between the child’s IQ and educational performance as one basis to determine the child is eligible and qualifies for an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

But the school may also use a process known as Response to Intervention (RTI) to see if that LD child is eligible for an IEP.

The definition of LD is in IDEA at 20 U.S.C 1401(30) and the law about RTI is in 20 U.S.C 1414(b)(6). [Read more →]

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Reminder – Wrightslaw Training in Overland Park, KS…Just Outside of Kansas City, MO

02/23/15
by Wrightslaw
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This Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City and the Autism Society of the Heartland.

This April 10, 2015 program will be held at the KU Edwards Campus, BEST Conference Center in Overland Park, KS.

Conference fee includes Continental Breakfast, lunch, a deluxe Wrightslaw highlighter pen and the four Wrightslaw books which retail for $77.80.

Click here to register online today!

Download the registration form.

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For all conference details, please click here.

See you in Kansas!

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