Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the confusing world of special education.
Getting help for a child with reading problems; what does law say about
passing grades; can parent get child's IEP changed: do teachers have to
provide accommodations in child's IEP; prepub offer Stephen Jeffers
v. School Board ends 9/28; finding help in the Yellow Pages for Kids
with Disabilities; new issue of The Beacon on high-stakes testing;
Wrightslaw programs in CT, VA, OK.
1. Message from the Editor
We get thousands
of questions from readers. Some questions come up again and again - and
from time to time, we answer them in the newsletter. Here is the latest
crop, along with our answers.
2. Child with Reading Problems Is Falling Further Behind, What Can Mom Do?
"My 7 yr. old is making very slow progress in learning to read. He repeated kindergarten last year, is in full-time special ed class, but is falling further behind. When I mentioned Orton Gillingham instructional methods to his team at school, they said, "We don't do that. What can I do?" Sue Heath, research editor at Wrightslaw, answers this parent's questions in Getting Help for Children Who Have Reading Problems.
Read more articles by Sue Heath in Doing Your Homework.
Reading at Wrightslaw: A large section of Wrightslaw is devoted to reading - learning to read, teaching children to read, research-based reading programs, free pubs about reading, caselaw about the need to provide effective reading programs, a database of service providers, multisensory structured language courses and certification, and more.
3. No D's or F's Allowed? What Does the Law Say About Passing Grades?
am a special education teacher. Our director said our students are not
'allowed' to make any grades below a C. (no D’s or F’s allowed). If a
child receives a grade below C, this means the IEP isn't valid. Can you
tell me what the law says about grades?"
there is nothing in the IDEA statute that requires students with disabilities
to get passing grades, there is one issue that you need to be aware of
. . .
4. How Can I Get My Child's IEP Changed?
"My child isnt making progress under the current IEP. I asked that we convene an IEP meeting to revise the IEP. I was told that I cannot ask that the IEP be changed now because I signed the IEP earlier Is this true?"
What do you think? Can parents ask that an IEP be changed? Read our answer to this parent in How Can I Get My Child's IEP Changed?
Learn more about IEPs.
5. Do Teachers Have to Provide Accommodations & Modifications in the IEP?
"If an accommodation or modification is marked on the child's IEP, is the regular ed teacher required to include the accommodation or modification on every test or activity? What about calculators - can the teacher make an assignment where students are not allowed to use calculators?"
answer to this teacher - and learn his "big gripe" about special
education in Must
Teachers Provide Accommodations & Modifications in the Child's IEP?.
6. Stephen Jeffers v. School Board DVD - Prepublication Offer Ends Sept 28
The Surviving Due Process: When Parents and the School Board Disagree - Stephen Jeffers v. School Board DVD takes you through a special education due process hearing, from initial preparations to testimony by the final witness.
As you watch Surviving Due Process, pay attention to your reactions to the witnesses. What impression did each witness make on you? Who did you trust most? Least? Why?
Three witnesses testified for the School Board - which witness gave the most persuasive testimony? Three witnesses and Stephen's mother testified for the parents - which witness was most persuasive? Least persuasive? Why?
Did you have different ideas or feelings about special education due process hearings by the end of Surviving Due Process? How did your perspective change?
Read the Story
Meet the Cast
Prepublication Offer (ends 9/28)
7. Find Help in the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
most common question we receive is "I need to find an advocate, psychologist,
educational consultant, tutor, attorney.
Please help me!"
If you are looking for help - or
a helper - visit the Yellow
Pages for Kids with Disabilities. Your state Yellow
Pages has many resources - evaluators, speech language therapists,
tutors, special ed schools, advocates, attorneys, organizations,
and support groups.
to Find a Support or Study Group
8. The Beacon: Journal of Special Education Law and Practice
The Beacon: 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.
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
Previous issues dealt with mediation and negotiation, documents, expert witnesses, No Child Left Behind, and reading. 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. More free newsletters about special education legal issues.
9. Put Wrightslaw Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training on Your To-Do List
Wrightslaw Special Education Law Seminar in Michigan was a tremendously
rewarding experience and will forever change our practice."
- Bryan I. Eder, Esq., Chudnof
& Eder, PLC
Mid-Atlantic: Virginia Beach, VA (November 12-13)
procrastinate - register now! (Tomorrow's
program in Indianapolis sold out two weeks ago.)
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