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Special Ed Advocate Archives for 2005

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The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter from Wrightslaw. The newsletter provides accurate, up-to-date information about special education legal and advocacy issues. Our goal is to help readers navigate the confusing world of special education and learn how to get quality services for children with disabilities. Our Mission.

The 2005 Archives includes links to all issues of The Special Ed Advocate newsletter published in 2005. To read issues published since April 1998, please visit the
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December 19, 2005 - Is it Legal to Send Special Ed Kids Home Early; How One Parents Got 140 Hours of Compensatory Ed; Tips - Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays.

December 14, 2005 - Bullying & Harassment - School Officials Knew, Were "Deliberately Indifferent; Protecting Students from Harassment & Hate Crimes; Child Not Learning, What Can I Ask the School To Do?; How Can I Get the School to Help?

December 6, 2005 - IDEA 2004: SLD, Discrepancy & Response to Intervention (RTI); Response to Intervention (RTI) Resources & Free Pubs; Update on Special Ed Regs; Find Help and Helpers at the Yellow Pages for Kids.

November 29, 2005 - Doing Your Homework - How to get a trained certified reading teacher; Reading at Wrightslaw; answering your requests for help; Free Boot Camp in OKC.

November 21, 2005
- Independent Educational Evaluations: What? Why? How? Who Pays? by parent attorney Wayne Steedman, Why Do
Schools Draw Lines in the Sand? Power Struggles, Meetings and Letters by Pat Howey.

Supreme Court Alert! - U. S. Supreme Court issues 6-2 decision in Schaffer v. Weast; How Will the Schaffer Decision Affect You? by Pete Wright, Esq. (11/18/05)

November 14, 2005 - Does a child have to fail before the school can evaluate for special education services? How are 504 Plans different from IEPs? Who is eligible for protections under Section 504, but not under IDEA?

November 9, 2005 - Important changes in IDEA 2004 about IEPs, IEP teams, research based instruction, and highly qualified teachers.

Alert! Justice Talking - Pete Wright is guest on NPR's Justice Talking, the weekly public radio program on legal issues and public policy - topic is A Special Look at Special Education. (11/3/05)

November 1, 2005 - A simple genetic test for dyslexia soon; preventing reading failure requires early intervention and prevention; answers to questions about research based instruction; improving children's health - the National Children's Study; sports and grades - child with LD/ADD not allowed to play sports; special ed law and advocacy training (and some is free).

October 17, 2005 - Why do you teach parents to be again special ed teachers; what are the criteria for remedial reading programs; are any schools using research to improve reading; special offer on Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition; my child is being evaluated - what tests should I request; how to find a good evaluator, advocate, educational consultant.

October 11, 2005 - IDEA 2004 - topics briefs on hot issues; what you need to know about IDEA 2004; From Emotions to Advocacy: 1st edition v. 2nd edition; "The Wright Stuff - Parents Earn Legalese Stripes at Wrightslaw Boot Camp; Wrightslaw Boot Camp in Hartford, CT (Oct 14-15).

October 4, 2005 - Oral argument in Schaffer v. Weast tomorrow; burden of proof - on parents or schools; taking sides on amicus briefs - and a flip-flop; Supreme Court decisions in special ed cases.

September 28, 2005 - Top articles and topics: tests and measurements, IEPs and IDEA 2004, the parent's guide to No Child Left Behind, and the art of writing letters; Restraint Prevention Project accepting applications for funding.

September 21, 2005 - As children return to school and summer memories fade, it's time to find out what you missed during the busy summer. In this issue, we'll help you catch up on important news about IDEA 2004 and a record 6.7 million settlement. You'll learn about our Fall training schedule - and a very special offer.

September 13, 2005 - Education rights of homeless children; the McKinney-Vento Act for Educating Homeless Children & Youth; IDEA 2004/NCLB training program in St. Clairsville OH/Wheeling, WV; how to help after Katrina; Relief for People with Disabilities.

Special Ed Law Alert! Federal Judge Approves Record 6.7 Million Settlement in Special Ed Case - The Manhattan Beach Unified School District and the California Department of Education have agreed to pay more than $6.7 million to a child with a disability and his parents for their failure to appropriately educate the child for more than five years. (August 19, 2005)

Alert! Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 Shipped - On August 15 and August 16, Harbor House Law Press shipped out more than 1,000 pre-publication orders of our new book, Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004. If you pre-ordered Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004, you should receive your book within a few days. (August 18, 2005)

August 16, 2005 - 10 Tips on how to use IDEA 2004 to improve your child's special education; IDEA Burden of Proof: On Parents or Schools? National Council on Disability takes a position; IDEA 2004 training programs in St. Clairsville OH/Wheeling, WV and Richmond, VA in September.

August 2, 2005 - A new school year begins; what you need to know about IEPs and IEP meetings under IDEA 2004; what you need to know about IDEA 2004; success stories - why you need to plan, how you can get better services by asking questions.

Wrightslaw Alert! Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in Schaffer v. Weast on October 5 - The U. S. Supreme Court announced that they will hear oral argument in Schaffer v. Weast on Wednesday, October 5, 2005. The high court’s decision about who bears the burden of proof in an IEP dispute is of enormous importance, and may shift the balance of power in IEP meetings and due process hearings.

July 19, 2005 - Lessons learned from public hearing on IDEA 2004 regulations; Pete's testimony at hearing on regs; Wrightslaw IDEA 2004 training in Richmond VA on September 17); success story - saving a class, saving our children.

July 12, 2005 - Pete attends hearing on proposed IDEA 2004 regulations today, will file report on observations; IDEA 2004 - what you need to know about state responsibilities (the "catch-all statute); IDEA 2004 - what you need to know about IEP team members and member attendance; Wrightslaw Boot Camp in Hawai'i (July 29-31).

July 6, 2005 - Pam answers a teacher's questions about turning parents against special ed teachers; school nurse does the right thing, is vindicated in retaliation case; decision in McGreevy v. Stroup, et. al., pre-pub offer on Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004; IDEA 2004 hearings in San Antonio & Washington, DC; how to provide a comment on IDEA 2004 regs; IDEA 2004 resource.

June 30, 2005 - Your ideas about The Special Ed Advocate; Pete explains why he is an optimist about IDEA 2004; questions & answers about the IDEA regs; IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw; update on Schaffer v. Weast; Wrightslaw comes to Hawai'i.

Alert! Special Pre-publication Offer on Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004. Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 is available as a print book, an e-book - or both. (June 28, 2005)

June 14, 2005 - From the editor - news and updates; why reading teachers can't teach children to read (and what they can do about it); proposed IDEA 2004 regulations reformatted, available from Wrightslaw; IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw; update on Schaffer v. Weast (and a favor); decisions in special ed cases by U. S. Supreme Court. .

June 1, 2005 - Criteria for remedial reading programs; requirements for research based programs; reading faqs; reading caselaw; IDEA 2004 - public meetings on proposed regs; free pubs - learning to read, teaching children to read.

May 24, 2005 - How to disagree with the IEP team without starting WW III; child successfully completes all courses, denied a diploma; cool tool - SchoolMatters; IDEA regs on fast track, expected in June; self-advocacy and resources to help college kids; scholarships for students with disabilities; Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 available soon.

May 18, 2005 - Child will be evaluated - what tests should parent request?; independent educational evaluations - what? why? who pays?; your requests for help; how can parents get an IEE by an evaluator of their choice; what parents need to know about evaluations; mistakes independent evaluators make.

May 10, 2005 - How to solve parent-school problems - and protect relationships; how to disagree with the school without starting WW III; how to deal with a school crisis; art of writing letters; updates in Schaffer v. Weast - decisions, amicus briefs; mistakes people make - independent evaluators & advocates.

May 4, 2005 - What parents can ask the school to do; IDEA 2004 - preparing children for further education; IDEA 2004 - transition & IEPs; amicus brief filed in Schaffer v. Weast; are any schools using research to improve reading?; EducationNews; mistakes people make - parents & schools; Wrightslaw programs in NH, IL, MI, HI.

April 26, 2005 - Child not learning, what can parents ask school to do?; affluent school districts that choose to litigate; parent advocacy - what you should do and not do; when parents & school disagree; understanding the playing field - trust, expectations, power struggles; Wrightslaw programs in NH, IL, MI, HI.

April 20, 2005 - IDEA 2004 - guidance from U. S. Department of Ed; Section 504 protects special ed teacher from retaliation; Section 504 - child not eligible for damages in IDEA case.

April 12, 2005 - Finding a tutor for a child with LD; educating educators; writing IEPs for success; support for school personnel and parent training in IEPs; how I got extended school year services after school said "no"; answering questions about extended school year (ESY) services; highly qualified special ed teachers; find help at Yellow Pages for Kids.

April 7, 2005 - Do IQ scores belong in IEPs? questions about transition; answers to questions about IEPs; accommodations & modifications; biggest mistake schools make in Education World interview of Pete Wright; questions about new IDEA regulations; IDEA 2004 - publications & reports; schedule of public hearings on IDEA 2004 regulations

March 29, 2005 - Take the IEP Quiz; answers to your questions about IEPs; game plan - how to write IEP goals & objectives; IEP tutorials & checklists; frequently asked questions about IEPs; Wrightslaw programs in AZ, NH, IL; IDEA 2004 - What's New; order free pub about IEPs.

March 22, 2005 - IEPs, educational progress & FAPE; measuring progress with objective tests; testing issues & advocacy; your child's evaluations; why Wrightslaw programs are held during the day & where to get advocacy training; help from Yellow Pages for Kids.

March 16, 2005 - Teacher has questions, parent has doubts about retention; learn "rules of the game"; game plan for new parents; mistakes parents make; learn about advocacy at Fetaweb; teachers required to provide accommodations in child's IEP; mistakes school districts make.

March 9, 2005 - Responding to your requests for help; Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities; tale of two advocates - new decision on unauthorized practice of law; Wrightslaw books - great values & easy on tight budgets; IEP team members & IEP team attendance; IDEA 2004 resources & pubs.

March 2, 2005 - Behavior & discipline; can school expel child with LD & ADD; behavior problems & interventions - what parents & educators need to know; behavior problems & discipline - what administrators need to know; suspensions, expulsions & IEPs; discipline caselaw; free pubs about behavior problems & intervention plans.

February 22, 2005 - Supreme Court agrees to to hear special ed case; 4th Circuit issues new decision in ABA reimbursement case; update on Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board; free pub - Guide to IDEA 2004; annual conference of the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates.

Wrightslaw Alert - Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates Holds Conference in Atlanta, March 10-13, 2005. This conference provides unique opportunities for training and networking with the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys and advocates. Get the program schedule, learn about the speakers, register. (2/18/05)

February 15, 2005 Who is eligible for protections under Section 504; child with brain tumor dismissed from team - parent requests advice about filing a complaint; FAQs about filing an OCR complaint; is it legal to send special ed kids home early; autism - the hidden epidemic; free pub about special education for children with autism.

February 9, 2005 - Update on Wrightslaw: Special Education Law; help for children with reading problems; reading at Wrightslaw; early screening and intervention; online advocacy training; Wrightslaw programs in OH, NY, IN, MO & AZ; leadership training.

February 1, 2005
- Bullying & harassment; feds say "harassment cannot be tolerated"; success story - dealing with bullying & harassment; stop bullying now; help for children who are bullied; disability harassment in public schools; free pubs about bullying & harassment; twice exceptional children.

January 25, 2005 - Progress report & "thank you" note from Pete & Pam Wright; top 10 articles in 2004; top 10 cases in 2004; top 10 topics in 2004; schedule of public meetings on IDEA regs; expert answers questions about dyslexia and reading problems.

January 18, 2005 - Complaint ends confusion about special ed teachers; how to report a problem or file a complaint; how to resolve disputes - negotiate, mediate, litigate; mediation & negotiation in advocacy; Surviving Due Process wins Award of Excellence.

January 12, 2005 - Child's test scores falling, mom needs help; how to get an independent evaluation at school's expense; do parents have to select evaluator from school's approved list; highly qualified special ed teachers; help for teachers being "pushed out"; filing a complaint with the state; new issue of The Beacon on harassment.

January 4, 2005 - School districts that litigate; Zachary Deal v. Hamilton Co. Bd of Ed; inside story of Deal v. Hamilton Co, part 1; meet Gary Mayerson, parent attorney; autism, PDD, Asperger's syndrome; How to Compromise with Your School District without Compromising Your Child; IDEA News - feds request comments, announce meetings; Wrightslaw programs in FL, NJ, NY, IN, AZ.

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