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. In
this issue, we bring you up to date on IDEA reauthorization news
and help you avoid common mistakes people make.
to school, backs to the wall on IDEA reauthorization; IDEA talking
points; IDEA reauthorization news; free shipping on Wrightslaw books;
mistakes people make - parents, schools, evaluators, advocates;
Wrightslaw marches through the Mid-Atlantic.
1. Back to School, Backs to the Wall: IDEA Reauthorization
"Summer went fast, didn't it? The kids are back in school. Parents are returning to normal schedules after summer activities. Congress returns to Washington. Some things have changed. Others have stayed the same."
"One thing has not changed from June. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA 97] remains under attack, and 6.5 million students and their families remain with their backs against the wall. September, always a busy month, will be pivotal in the battle to save IDEA 97."
to School, Backs to the Wall, founders of the
Our Children Left Behind website tell you about the
battle to save IDEA, the issues, and what you should do and say.
we all do just one thing, it might be enough to turn the tide
in our favor. If we do nothing, we have no one to blame but ourselves
. . ."
Our Children Left Behind has many excellent articles about IDEA and sample letters that you can use to communicate with your members of Congress.
2. IDEA Talking Points
September, the Senate is expected to consider bills that will
water down the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
3. IDEA Reauthorization News
Vouchers, school choice, funding, discipline, dispute resolution . . . parents want to know how proposed changes to the IDEA will affect their children.
Teachers and special ed service providers want to know how the reauthorized law is likely to affect them and their jobs. (No, we don't think school psychologists will be out of work!)
For news, progress reports, and other information about the IDEA reauthorization process, visit IDEA Reauthorization News at:
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the new school year begins, you need to think about avoiding mistakes.
Massachusetts attorney Bob Crabtree offers great advice in his
Mistakes People Make series.
Because the stakes are so high, it is difficult for parents of children with special educational needs to advocate calmly and objectively for the educational and related services their children need. Read this article to learn about the mistakes parents make.
Mistakes School Districts Make
Anything a school system does that undermines parents' trust creates a climate that is costly in dollars, time, peace of mind, and the quality and success of services given to the child. This article describes the most common mistakes school systems make.
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