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September 25, 2003


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Power Is Out - The Long, Dark Wait

Bill to Gut NCLB Introduced

4 Great Definitions About Reading in NCLB

Join Pete & Pam for an Advocacy Training Program (NC, MS, NY)

Coming Soon! New Issue of The Beacon

Glossaries of Special Ed & Assessment Terms

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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: Power is out - the long, dark wait; bill to gut No Child Left Behind introduced in House; 4 important definitions of reading in NCLB; join Pete and Pam for advocacy training programs in NC, MS, NY; new issue of The Beacon; glossaries of special ed and assessment terms.

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1. Power Is Out - Our Long, Dark Wait

We monitored Hurricane Isabel for two weeks before she made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We knew we were at risk from flooding, storm surge, downed trees, blocked roads, and power outages.

Eight days after Isabel, half a million families are without power. All the Wrightslaw staff - Pete & Pam, and Debra - are in the dark.

Read Power is Out - The Long, Dark Wait, a photo essay about life in the aftermath of Isabel.


2. Bill to Gut NCLB Introduced in the House of Representatives

On September 9, 2003, four members of the House of Representatives introduced H. R. 3049, a bill to gut the No Child Left Behind Act.

H. R. 3049 would change NCLB requirements about assessment and accountability. Under NCLB, schools must assess student proficiency in reading and math and must report their progress in educating groups of students who are often left behind. This amendment would create exclusions for "particular groups of students" - children with disabilities and English language learners.

Read Bill to Gut NCLB Introduced in the House

Learn more about No Child Left Behind and how it will improve education for all children, including children with disabilities.

Parents' Guide to No Child Left Behind

FAQs About NCLB

Our new book, Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind, will be published in Fall 2003. Subscribers will receive an email alert about a special pre-publication offer when the book goes off to the printer.

Learn more about Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind - and check out that cover!


3. 4 Great Definitions About Reading in the No Child Left Behind Act

Regardless of their "category" or label, most kids with disabilities have significant deficits in reading. No Child Left Behind includes four important legal definitions:

* Reading

* Essential components of reading instruction

* Scientifically based reading research

* Diagnostic reading assessment

Pete is using these definitions successfully in cases.

Read 4 Great Things About Reading in NCLB

FAQs About Reading & NCLB


4. Join Pete and Pam for an Advocacy Training Program

"Your boot camp was the most useful CLE I've ever attended. CLEs are notoriously boring and unpleasant. Your program was neither and I learned a lot, even as an experienced practitioner in the field." - Rob Mead, KU Wheat Law Library

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 tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

September 26: Charlotte NC

November 7-8: Jackson MS (Boot Camp)

November 15: Syracuse NY

For more information about these events and programs that will be held over the next few months, please check our Seminars & Training page.

"I 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 from Kansas

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.


5. Coming Soon! New Issue Of The Beacon

The Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice is a multi-disciplinary electronic journal of special education law and practice published by Harbor House Law Press.

The Beacon publishes articles and essays for attorneys, advocates and others who are interested in special education law and practice. Each issue focuses on a theme and includes practical and theoretical articles.

The theme of next issue of The Beacon is "Reexamining Rowley, Educational Benefit & FAPE" Previous issues dealt with mediation and negotiation, documents, and expert witnesses. You can read these issues in the Beacon Archives.

You may subscribe to The Beacon from the Harbor House Law site.

Learn more about The Beacon.

Free online newsletters about special education legal issues.



6. Do You Need a Good Glossary?

Do you teach a class about special education or special ed law? Are you looking for definitions of legal and special Ed terms?

Get our Glossary of Special Ed & Legal Terms. In html

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Do you teach a class about testing? Assessment? Do you have questions about testing terms? Get our Glossary of Assessment Terms In html In pdf

More Free Resources.


7. Subscription & Contact Info

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Contact Info

Pete and Pam Wright
Wrightslaw & The Special Ed Advocate
P. O. Box 1008
Deltaville, VA 23043
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