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I Don't Get It - Pysch's Questions About NCLB

NCLB Weapons of Public Ed Destruction - Response

Are Children with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Ed?

Section 504 & Kids with ADD/ADHD

Super Savings, Free Shipping in Our Summer Sale (Ends 6/20)


Suspensions, Expulsions & IEPs by Bob Crabtree

The Truth About Wrightslaw Advocacy Training

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At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education.

Highlights: Answers to questions about No Child Left Behind, retention, high stakes testing; children with ADD/ADHD may be eligible for special ed; Section 504 and children with ADD/ADHD; great deals & free shipping in our Summer Sale; suspensions, expulsions and IEPs; the truth about Wrightslaw advocacy training programs.

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1. "I Don't Get It" - A Psychologist Has Questions About NCLB

A psychologist writes: "I have a question about NCLB. As I read it, all kids need to be on grade level as measured by the statewide assessments. As a psychologist, I don't get it.

1) Grade equivalents are not valid.

2) Students' scores on the state assessment will be compared to all the other students who took the test and they will become the normative sample.

"What are we (educators) supposed to do? It seems as though President Bush has been visiting Lake Woebegone!"

Are you confused about the testing requirements in No Child Left Behind? You aren't alone!

Read NCLB: How Will Kids Be Tested? at: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/nclb.testkids.heath.htm


2. Response to "NCLB Weapons of Public Education Destruction" by Sue Heath

On May 29, 2003, EducationNews featured an Op/Ed article entitled NCLB Weapons of Public Education Destruction. This article included inaccuracies about retention, high-stakes testing, and the No Child Left Behind Act.

Research editor Sue Heath wrote a letter to set the record straight. Her letter was published in EducationNews on May 30.

You can read Sue's letter - and learn about high stakes testing, retention and NCLB at - http://www.wrightslaw.com/news/2003/nclb.weapons.heath.htm

We urge you to subscribe to EducationNews - it is an incredible source of news and information - and it's free. To subscribe, send an email to educationnews-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


3. Are Children with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Ed Services Under IDEA?

Many people write to ask whether children with ADD/ADHD are eligible for special education under the IDEA. For many readers, the answer is a clear "Yes." For others, the answer is an equally clear "No!" What do you think?

Are Children with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Education Services Under IDEA? discusses eligibility issues, and gives readers a Game Plan that will help them learn more about these thorny issues. Read article 

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/ltrs/eligibility_add.htm

Learn about ADD/ADHD issues: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/add.index.htm


4. Section 504 and Children with ADD/ADHD

The Office of Civil Rights published a Memorandum that clarifies the school's responsibility to evaluate children who may have ADD/ADHD. This Memorandum includes Questions and Answers about ADD, Section 504 and IDEA, evaluations, more. For example:

Q: Can a school district refuse to provide special education services to a child with ADD because he or she does not meet the eligibility criteria under the IDEA?
A: No.

If you are having problems getting help for your child with ADD/ADHD, download Section 504 and Children with ADD/ADHD at:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/add.eval.ocrmemo.htm

Learn about Section 504 issues: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.index.htm


5. Super Savings & Free Shipping in Our Spring Into Summer Sale - Sale Ends June 20, 2003

We are cutting inventory as we prepare to launch our new book, Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind this summer.

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6. Suspensions, Expulsions, and IEPs by Robert Crabtree, Esq.

"My daughter has a language impairment and an IEP. She has been suspended twice for fighting. The vice principal plans to expel her. Can they do that?"

In this article, parent attorney Robert Crabtree answers questions about suspensions, expulsions, IEPs, dangerous weapons, illegal drugs and alternative educational settings.

Learn about functional behavioral assessments, behavior intervention plans, long-term suspensions and expulsions, the child's rights, and what parents can do to protect these rights. Learn how to request a behavior assessment, an expedited hearing, and how to invoke "stay put."

Read Suspensions, Expulsions, and IEPs
at:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/discipl.suspend.crabtree.htm

Learn about behavior & discipline: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/discipl.index.htm

Read more good articles: http://www.wrightslaw.com/articles.htm


7. The Truth About Wrightslaw Advocacy Training Programs

What do people learn at Wrightslaw advocacy training programs? Good question!

After the editor of Special Education Law Update attended a program in Skokie Illinois, he wrote a three-part series of articles about the program. If you have questions about whether you should attend a Wrightslaw seminar or training program, please read these articles.

1.
Advocates Urge Parents and Educators to Learn the Law

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/law.update.06.02.pdf

2. Designing SMART IEPs

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/law.update.07.02.pdf

3. Maintaining Good Relationships Between Parents and Schools

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/law.update.08.02.pdf

Wrightslaw seminars and training programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

We are now booking programs for 2004. To learn how you can bring Pete & Pam to your community, please read our FAQs about Seminars.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/faqs.htm

"I 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

Fall 2003 Schedule: http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/index.htm


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