Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the amazing, confusing world of special education.
Child with 504 plan is failing, school won't help; who is eligible for
protections under Section 504 (not IDEA); Wrightslaw programs in VA, OK,
FL, NJ, OH, NY; answers to your frequently asked questions; advocacy 101
- gatekeepers & why schools say "no"; IDEA reauthorization
news; free professional development courses for teachers; free tutors
for kids. Download
this issue of The Special Ed Advocate.
1. Question of the Week: Child with 504 Plan Is Failing, School Won't Help
"My daughter has a 504 plan. On the last progress report, she received two F's. When I asked that she receive more help, the principal said she has to fail before the principal can request testing. The school team said they don't know why we want an IEP -- there is nothing we can't get with her 504 plan."
"Bottom Line: The school won't evaluate her and won't consider an IEP. What can we do?"
What are the differences between 504 Plans and IEPs? What strategies can parents use to get a better program? Do children have to fail before schools can evaluate? How do deal with gatekeepers?
For answers to these questions and a Wrightslaw Game Plan to get better services while maintaining a healthy working relationship with the school, read Child with 504 Plan Is Failing, School Won't Evaluate or Consider an IEP.
2. Who is Eligible for Protections Under Section 504?
Who may be
protected under Section 504, but not under IDEA? A student with AIDS?
A student with ADD? A student with chronic asthma?
3. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw Programs in VA, OK, FL, NJ, OH, NY
2005: Long Island,
special education law & advocacy programs focus on four areas: special
education laws; tests & measurements to measure progress & regression;
SMART IEPs; and advocacy tactics & strategies. Participants
receive two books, Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law and Wrightslaw:
From Emotions to Advocacy, with their registration (Value: $59.90).
procrastinate - register today! These programs are often "sold
out" ahead of time.
4. Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions
We get thousands
of questions from readers - some questions come up again and again. Read
our answers to your questions about accommodations & modifications,
behavior problems, discipline, damages, confidentiality, measuring progress,
mediation, due process, reading, parent-school relations, high-stakes
tests, retention, No Child Left Behind, and other hot topics.
5. Advocacy 101: Gatekeepers & Why Schools Say No!
When you advocate for your child, you are likely to meet gatekeepers. A gatekeeper may tell you that your child is not entitled to:
* An evaluation
Sound familiar? Read Gatekeepers: Their Job is to Say No
To learn why schools develop one-size-fits-all (OSFA) programs - and resist requests to provide educational services that meet a child's unique needs - read 10 Reasons Why Schools Say No!
6. IDEA Reauthorization Update: House Appoints Conferees
8, the Speaker of the House of Representatives appointed conferees for
the IDEA Reauthorization Bill. The Senate appointed its conferees on September
21. (Read Negotiations
on IDEA Reauthorization to Begin)
7. Free Professional Development Courses for Teachers & Principals
No Child Left Behind requires all teachers to be "highly qualified" by 2005. The U.S. Department of Education unveiled a new teacher-to-teacher professional development website with online courses about research-based practices and methods that have been successfully used in classrooms.
current crop of Teacher-to-Teacher courses focus on English, Language
Arts, Math, and Science. Here is a partial listing of courses:
you are a teacher, you may get in-service or continuing education
credits by taking free courses on this site. Learn
Based Reading Instruction
8. Free Tutors for Kids
Under the No Child Left Behind Act, low-income children in public schools in need of improvement can receive free tutoring (also called supplemental educational services (SES)).
Learn about supplemental educational services - how to find out if your child is eligible, how to find a tutor, questions to ask, and more at Tutors for Kids. Supplemental Educational Services by State (lists of providers & provider applications)
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