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1. My Child is Not Learning to Read - What Can I Ask the School to Do?
article in the April 26 issue of the Special Ed Advocate was "My
Child is Not Learning to Read - What Can I Ask the School to Do?"
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In What Can I Ask the School to Do?, Sue Heath answers questions about what parents can ask the school to do. Learn about IEPs, research-based reading programs, retention, how to prepare for meetings, and other thorny issues.
Doing Your Homework,
a column about creative advocacy strategies.
2. IDEA 2004: Preparing Children for Further Education
is most important statute in the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act because it describes the overall purpose of the law: "to ensure
that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate
public education that emphasizes special education and related services
designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education,
employment and independent living"
3. IDEA 2004: Transition Services & IEPs
changed the definition of "Transition Services" and included
new language about "post-school activities, post-secondary education.
The new definition reads:
(A) is designed to be a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;
(B) is based
on the individual childs needs, taking into account the child's
strengths, preferences, and interests . . . " 20
U. S. C. §1401(34)
4. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004
We are working on Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 (ISBN: 1-892320-05-3), a new publication that includes the full text of Parts A and B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), extensive commentary, discussion of changes from IDEA 97, and cross-references. The format, layout, and statutory explanations are similar to Wrightslaw: Special Education Law.
Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 will be available before July 1, 2005 when IDEA 2004 goes into effect.
Subscribers to The Special Ed Advocate newsletter will receive advance notice before Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 is available to the public. Watch your email box - we'll keep you posted.
5. News! Amicus Brief Filed in Schaffer v. Weast
year, the Supreme Court agreed to resolve a split among circuits on whether
parents or school districts bear the burden of proof in special education
due process hearings. The Court will hear oral arguments in Schaffer
v. Weast during the 2005-2006 term. News
On April 29, the ARC, the Autism Society of America, the Epilepsy Foundation, NAMI, United Cerebral Palsy, and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty filed an amicus brief on behalf of the child in Schaffer v. Weast. When you read this well-written brief, you will realize why this case is important to you. (We will post more briefs as we receive them.
6. Do You Know of Any School that is Using NIH Research to Improve Student Reading?
publisher of EducationNews,
you know of any school in the nation that has adopted and used successfully
the NIH research in reading? If so, have these schools addressed the needs
of kids in the bottom 20%?"
links to two recent reports on reading proficiency in high poverty schools
and the impact of No Child Left Behind. They will you an idea of what
is changing, where, and to what degree. There are more reports available
- these are just two that I have handy.
7. EducationNews.Org - Subscribe Today!
Are you interested in education and special education? If your answer is "yes", we encourage you to subscribe to EducationNews.
issue, you learn about the privilege gap, "drill and kill",
how the SAT measures writing skills, bilingual children who fall through
the cracks, private, public and charter schools, Star Teachers, and much
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8. Mistakes People Make: Parents & Schools by Bob Crabtree, Esq.
Mistakes People Make - Parents. Because the stakes are so high, it is difficult for parents of children with special educational needs to advocate calmly and objectively for the educational and related services their children need. Read this article to learn about the mistakes parents make.
People Make - Schools. Anything a school system does that undermines
parents' trust creates a climate that is costly in dollars, time, peace
of mind, and the quality and success of services given to the child. This
article describes the most common mistakes school systems make.
9. Coming Up! Wrightslaw Programs in New Hampshire, Illinois, Michigan, Hawaii
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four areas: special education laws including significant changes in IDEA 2004; how to use the bell curve to measure educational progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and advocacy tactics & strategies.
Manchester, NH: May 6-7, 2005 (Boot Camp)
IL - May 13-14, 2005 (Boot Camp)
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