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"Do you have any advice about the '10 day notice letter' to the school that parent are required to send if they plan to place their child in a private school at public expense? What should be included?"
to the Stranger"
It is hard for the school board attorney to cross-examine a letter.
use the parents' letter often enough on direct and cross during the
trial, the Hearing Officer will usually go back and re-read it. In
many cases, the factual history of a successful ruling tracks the
content of the parents' letter.
Both cases had successful outcomes.
Our book, Wrightslaw:
From Emotions to Advocacy, 2d Edition includes 16 sample letters (pages 235-240 and pages 249-260). These letters tell a story from the parent's first request
for information at the beginning of the school year to the parent's
10-day notice letter to the school district (pages 257-260).
In my cases, the parents write the early drafts of the letter. I ask them to tell their child's story, in chronological sequence. Before they begin, I have them read similar letters, such as the letters in Brody and James (above).
After they finish the first draft of their letter, the letter must be edited and revised extensively so it is clear and compelling - so the reader know what the parents want and why.
The results of this simple trick may surprise you - it will force you to shift perspective, as if you are editing a letter you have not read before. You will see redundancies and confusing sentences.
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