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1. How to Disagree with the IEP Team Without Starting WW III
As IEP season continues, many parents have questions about what to do when they are presented with an IEP that is not appropriate for their child. Pete Wright has some suggestions:
should advise the IEP team that you dont think the IEP is appropriate,
that it does not provide your child with enough help or the right kind
of help. You should use facts to support your position (i.e., facts from
an evaluation of your child from a private sector evaluator, graphs of
your child's test scores).
In How to Disagree with the IEP Team, Pete Wright answers your questions about IEPs and how to disagree with the IEP team without starting a war. Learn about the Rules of Adverse Assumptions, how to use tape recordings and thank you letters to clarify issues, and how to deal with an IEP team bully. Read article.
2. Doing Your Homework: Child Passed All Courses, Denied Diploma
"My daughter just finished high school. She passed all courses in grades K-12. She did not pass the the state exam in English. She will not get a high school diploma."
message are we sending? We are telling children who worked hard and attended
schooled for 13 years that this means nothing. What can be done? Have
lawsuits been successful?"
3. Cool Tool: SchoolMatters.com
The main goal of No Child Left Behind is that all students will be proficient in reading and math by the end of 3rd grade. NCLB was enacted in 2001 - what percentage of kids in your state are proficient in reading and math now?
If you have a minute or two, go to SchoolMatters.com. Select your state. Your state's page has education facts and information about how students performed on state tests of reading and math. If you scroll down a bit, you'll see another set of scores - how students performed on national tests of reading and math. When we went to the page for Virginia, we were surprised at the difference between the state and national percentages of children who are proficient in reading and math.
on State Tests
Reading Proficiency: 74.8% - or 35%?
provides data about student performance, demographics, and resource centers
for parents, educators, district leaders, and state leaders. You can even
compare states (handy if you are planning to move)
4. Alert! IDEA Regs on Fast Track, Expected in Early June
On May 18, 2005, Troy Justesen, Acting Director of the Office of Special Education Programs, was interviewed by Rachel Kosoy of the Disability Law Resource Project. Dr. Justesen said he expects the proposed regulations for Part B of IDEA to be available in the first or second week of June. (Proposed regulations for Parts C and D will be issued separately.)
Read IDEA Regulations on Fast Track, Expected in Early June.
the proposed regulations are published, we will send out an Alert
that includes a link (or links) to the proposed regulations.
IDEA 2004 Publications, Reports & Resources Page - links to reports and publications by legal, educational and disability organizations.
5. Do You Have Resources to Help College Kids?
"Do you have any resources about how to dig in and fight your way through college? My son is struggling but the school won't provide a 504 Plan."
The transition from high school to college is difficult - and the transition is usually harder for kids with disabilities. Although college students with disabilities are protected from discrimination under Section 504, some professors take a dim view of students who request accommodations.
How can you help your college-bound child make a successful transition to college?
students need to learn self-advocacy skills - how to present information
about their disability and accommodations so professors want to help.
If students master these skills, they are more likely to make a successful
transition from high school to college.
and Responsibilities under Section 504
suggest that you print two copies of Self-Advocacy:
Know Yourself, What You Need & How to Get It - one for your
child, one for yourself. (Don't forget to read Nancy's success story
at the end of this article)
6. Scholarships for Kids with Disabilities?
son has a learning disability. He worked hard and has been accepted into
a college. Do you know of any scholarships that can help pay for his education?
We still have two kids at home and are financially strapped."
7. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004
Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 (ISBN: 1-892320-05-3) is the new publication by Pete and Pam Wright that will be published this summer (2005) by Harbor House Law Press.
Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 includes the full text of Parts A and B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), extensive commentary, strategies, changes from IDEA 97, and cross-references. The format, layout, and statutory explanations are similar to Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind.
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.
Learn more about IDEA 2004.
More Wrightslaw publications - and one cool DVD!
8. Wrightslaw Programs in 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.
Hilo, HI - July 29, 2005 - LDA Conference (Keynote Speakers & Presenters)
Hilo, HI - July 30-31, 2005 - Boot Camp
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