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Alert! Supreme Court Issues Decision in Forest Grove v. T.A.
Supreme Court holds that IDEA allows reimbursement for private special education services, even when the child did not previously receive special education services from the public school. (06/22/09) Read decision

The Special Education Law Library includes resources on special education law including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004 and IDEA 97), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, special education cases, legal practice articles, and special education news.

The Special Education Law Library also includes the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Family Educational Records and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act.


You may search for specific information on dozens of topics.

Overview: Special Education Law Library

Articles & Reports - Articles by practicing attorneys on a variety of topics; briefs and pleadings; useful documents.

IDEA 2004
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Includes the IDEA 2004 statute with commentary; articles about how the law affects various stakeholders; flyers and free publications on many topics. These topics include eligibility for specific learning disability (SLD), IEPs, IEP meetings, IEP team members, high stakes testing, accommodations, alternate assessments, transition, parental rights. Learn more.

IDEA 97: Statute & Regulations


No Child Left Behind
- Articles, publications, reports, and other resources . Topics include reading, research based instruction, annual proficiency testing, parental involvement, tutoring and supplemental educational services, highly qualified teachers, transfers from failing schools, and public school choice. Learn more.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act - A civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, Section 504 ensures that the child with a disability has equal access to an education. Learn more.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - a federal statute that is intended to ensure that parents have access to their children's educational records and to protect the privacy rights of parents and children by limiting access to these records without parental consent. Learn more.

McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act - The federal law that governs the education of homeless children. This law provides many rights to homeless children and their families, and many responsibilities to school districts.

Special Education Caselaw
- selected cases from around the country on common themes - procedural and substantive issues, FAPE, sufficiency of the IEP, and more.

Special Education News & Alerts

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Advocacy Articles
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Ask the Advocate by Pat Howey
 - Advocate Pat Howey offers practical solutions to problems parents encounter when they deal with The School.

Doing Your Homework by Sue Whitney - Sue Whitney writes about reading, research based instruction, creative advocacy strategies, school improvement, and No Child Left Behind.

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The Special Ed Advocate is the free online newsletter about special education legal and advocacy issues, cases, and tactics and strategies. The Special Ed Advocate is published weekly, usually on Tuesday or Wednesday, with occasional breaks. Subscribers also receive "alerts" about new cases, events, and special offers on Wrightslaw books. Subscribe.

The Beacon: Journal of Special Education Law & Practice - The Beacon is an electronic journal of special education law and practice published by Harbor House Law Press. The Beacon includes articles and essays for attorneys and advocates who represent children with disabilities and others who are interested in special education legal topics. Beacon Archives

Wrightslaw Books & DVDs

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 978-1-892320-16-2, 456 pages) by Peter Wright and Pamela Wright is available in two formats, as a print book and a print & e-book combo. Order The book includes:

  • Full text of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 and IDEA 2004 regulations with analysis and commentary
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • No Child Left Behind Act
  • Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Act
  • Decisions in special education cases from the U. S. Supreme Court
  • References and resources Order

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 1-892320-09-6, 334 pages, 8.5" X 11") by Pam and Pete Wright is a practical "survival guide" designed to teach you how to advocate for children with disabilities. Download flyer l Order

Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind (ISBN#: 1-892320-12-6, 346 pages & NCLB CD-ROM) by Peter and Pamela Wright and Suzanne Heath is designed to help you find answers to your questions in the NCLB statute, regulations, and publications from the U. S. Department of Education. The book is supplemented with a free CD-ROM. Download flyer. Order

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board DVD, published by Harbor House Law Press, Inc. takes you through a special education due process hearing, from initial preparations to testimony by the final witness. Download the flyer $19.95 Order

Wrightslaw Training & Seminars

Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by experts in the field. Topics include:

* What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 and NCLB CAN Hurt You (one day; 6 hours)

* From Emotions to Advocacy (one day; 6 hours)

* Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training Program (one day; 6 hours)

* Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Boot Camp (two days; 12 hours)

* No Child Left Behind Seminar (3 hours)


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