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1. From the Editor: News & Updates
We want to tell you about two important events. Late Friday afternoon, the U. S. Department of Education published the proposed IDEA 2004 regulations. The regulations have been reformatted and are now available from Wrightslaw. (See Proposed IDEA 2004 Regulations)
Breaking News! We understand that the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (Regs) will be published in the Federal Register on June 21, 2005. The 75-day public comment period will begin on that date. (06/13/05)
In Schaffer v. Weast (the "burden of proof" case that will be heard by the U. S. Supreme Court in the fall), amicus briefs on behalf of the parents were filed in late April. Amicus briefs on behalf of the school district will be filed in late June. We have a favor to ask. (See Update: Schaffer v. Weast)
2. Why Reading Teachers Can't Teach Children to Read (and What They Can Do About It)
I am a
remedial reading teacher in a public school. Each remedial reading teacher
has 50-60 students. This year, I was given 10 special education students
(in addition to the 50 students I already have).
Remedial Reading Teachers Can't Teach Children to Read (and What They
Can Do About It), Sue Heath responds to this teacher's questions and
concerns. She explains why many of the teacher's students will fail (despite
her best efforts), strategies to fix the problem, who is responsible for
fixing the problem, and what will happen if people do not take action.
3. Proposed IDEA 2004 Regulations
afternoon, the Department of Education published the proposed IDEA 2004
regulations on their website. (Dept
of Ed Issues Proposed IDEA 2004 Regulations)
4. IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw
advocates, educators, and attorneys need accurate, reliable information
about IDEA 2004 issues: child find, eligibility, evaluations, reevaluations,
high stakes testing, IEPs, accommodations, alternate assessments, educational
placements, transition, parental rights, and more.
5. Update: Schaffer v. Weast
v. Weast is the the "burden of proof" case that will
be heard by the U. S. Supreme Court in the fall. By late April, more
than 20 organizations and nine states had filed a amicus briefs in
support of parents of children with disabilities.
If You Live in Other States . . . A Favor Please
you live in other states, we have a
favor to ask. Please contact your state Attorney General and ask him/her
not to sign the amicus brief authored by Hawai'i that opposes the
interests of parents of children with disabilities. (List
of all Attorney Generals)
by U. S. Supreme Court
Florence Co. Sch Dist Four v. Shannon Carter, 510 U.S. 7, (1993). Landmark decision issued in 34 days by a unanimous 9-0 Court . If the public school defaults and the child receives an appropriate education in the private placement, the parents are entitled to reimbursement for the child's education. This ruling opened the door to children with autism who receive ABA / Lovaas therapy. Links to all decisions, transcript of oral argument in Carter
Cedar Rapids v. Garret F. (1999) Case about child who needed related services to attend school; favorable decision for Garret. Analysis
The law was originally the Education for All Handicapped Children Act
of 1975 (Public Law 94-142). When the law was reauthorized in 1990, it
was renamed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Subsequent
reauthorizations are known as IDEA 97 and IDEA 2004.
More Special Ed Caselaw
7. Wrightslaw Comes to Hawai'i (July 29-31, 2005)
Pete and Pam Wright are coming to Hilo Hawaii July for two events.
Special Education Law and Advocacy 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.
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