Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills
you need to navigate the confusing world of special education.
parents & schools disagree - advice from an independent educational
consultant; graduation & dropout rates for kids with disabilities;
learn about No Child Left Behind; facts about extended school year
(ESY); Pete & Pam Wrightslaw training programs in Florida and
1. When Parents and Schools Disagree by Ruth Heitin
Heitin, an independent educational consultant, describes common
areas of disagreement between parents and schools and offers suggestions
and strategies to handle these problems:
Dr. Heitin writes, "I often tell my clients that if my own
parents were alive, they would never understand what I do for
a living." Read When
Parents & Schools Disagree:
2. Graduation Rates for Kids with Disabilities Drop in NY
2002, the U. S. Department of Education reported that 57 percent
of children with disabilities graduated from high school with
a regular diploma and that the dropout for these students rate
was 29 percent. (Source: 23rd
Annual Report to Congress on Special Education, May 10, 2002).
When Dee Alpert, editor of the Special Ed Muckraker, looked at the numbers in New York, she discovered some disturbing information. "In 2001-2002, the number of disabled students who graduated from high school in New York declined 9.3 percent from the previous year, from 14,448 to 13,469."
decline was not publicly announced by New York State Education
Commissioner . . . who also neglected to make public disabled
students' scores on State-mandated exams, although the No Child
Left Behind Act and the State Department of Education regulations
require the state to report these scores."
learn more, read "9.3%
Drop in Graduation Rates for Kids with Disabilities"
by Dee Alpert.
3. Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind
emphasizes accountability and teaching methods that
In A Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind, Sue Heath teaches you about new requirements for teachers and paraprofessionals, school and school district report cards, annual testing in math and reading. You will also learn about new options for parents including transfers from failing schools and free supplemental services - tutoring, after-school programs and summer school.
learn about No Child Left Behind - how it applies to you, your
child, and your school - download A
Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind at:
4. Learning About No Child Left Behind
No Child Left Behind Act will have a big impact on your child's
education. You need to learn about this new law, so we collected
resources to help you get started.
Child Left Behind Page:
Get Fact Sheets about Reading Achievement, Reading First, 21st Century Technology, State Standards, Getting Students Help, Measuring Progress, Good Teachers, School Safety, and other topics from U. S. Department of Education:
5. Hot Topic! Facts About Extended School Year (ESY)
Hot battles continue to arise about
extended school year services for kids with disabilities. If
you have questions about a legal issue (like Extended School Year
services), you need to do your own legal research
About Extended School Year will help you learn about
these issues. This page includes information about two ESY cases,
Daniel Lawyer v. Chesterfield and Reusch v.
6. Wrightslaw: Advocacy Training: May 2003
Boot Camp, special ed was occupying every worry cell in my brain.
Now that I have a road map, I worry less and accomplish more."
- Carolyn from Oklahoma
Knowledge is power. When you have information and skills, you will be a more effective advocate for your child. Our role is to help you gain knowledge so you can negotiate with the school on your child's behalf.
have never learned so much useful information at a workshop -
thank you for having a heart for kids and the head for the Law."
- Susan from Texas
and a one-day advocacy training program in Roanoke, Virginia.
Wrightslaw training programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and how to use tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
attended your Boot Camp with two coworkers. We learned SO MUCH
in those two days! Your books could not be more helpful to anyone
who works with special education students." - Christie
We are now booking programs for 2004. To learn how you can bring Pete & Pam Wright to your community, please read our FAQs about Seminars.
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