Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
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How IEPs will change under IDEA 2004; Rule 11 & attorneys fees; download
full text of IDEA 2004 compared with IDEA-97; Holiday Special - prices
cut, free shipping; independent educational evaluations; what you should
know about evaluations; Wrightslaw programs in OK, FL, NJ, OH, NY, MO.
1. How Will IEPs Change Under IDEA 2004?
We are writing a series of articles to help you get up and running on IDEA-2004. In the last issue of The Special Ed Advocate, we focused on the purposes of the law and transition. This week, we look at IEPs, highly qualified personnel, research based instructional programs, and attorneys fees.
How will IEPs change under IDEA 2004?
In IDEA 2004, Congress added new language that parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys can use to help ensure that children with disabilities receive research-based instruction and are taught by highly qualified teachers. Learn about new requirements for IEPs, personnel training, and scientifically based instruction in "How Will IEPs Change Under IDEA 2004?"
2. IDEA 2004: Rule 11 and Attorneys Fees
Many parents and advocates have expressed serious concerns about the new attorney fee statute in IDEA 2004 that permits school districts to recover fees from attorneys who represent parents.
Pete analyzes these new provisions in IDEA 2004, improper litigation, frivolous actions, and the practical implications of this new statute in Rule 11 & Attorneys Fees.
As you read the new statute, keep in mind that Congress intended to align the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) with the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal general education law. The full text of the No Child Left Behind Act is in Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind.
We will continue to publish articles about specific issues (i.e., highly qualified teacher requirements, IEPs, IEP meetings) over the next weeks and months.Learn more about IDEA 2004, including changes to key statutes.
3. Full Text of IDEA 2004 Compared with IDEA 97
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates has prepared a comparison of IDEA 2004 with IDEA 97. Additions to the law are marked with underlining and italics. Deletions are marked with strikethroughs.
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5. Independent Educational Evaluations
Congress enacted the IDEA, they included procedural safeguards
to protect the rights of children with disabilities and their parents
and to ensure that children receive a free
appropriate education. These safeguards include the opportunity
to examine the child's records, to have advance notice before any significant
actions are taken, the right to pursue mediation and litigation, and the
right to obtain an independent educational evaluation.
In Independent Educational Evaluations, parent attorney Wayne Steedman addresses what constitutes an IEE, the value of an IEE, what the law requires, and who is financially responsible for an IEE. Read article.
6. What You Should Know about Evaluations
Parent attorney Bob Crabtree writes, "As a parent, you must make sure that all areas of possible need are assessed as quickly as possible. While some parents would rather not allow their school system to evaluate their child, a refusal to cooperate at this stage of the process can backfire . . . "
In What You Should Know About Evaluations, you will learn about:
* Your Rights
Learn more about evaluations & tests and evaluations.
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