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1. Question of the Week: Why Do You Teach Parents to be Against Special Ed Teachers?
"In many of your articles, you do not support special ed teachers. In fact, you instruct parents on how to be against special ed teachers and school administrators."
"It's hard to understand why anyone would go into this field, when teaching kids gets in the way of paperwork. It's easy to understand why sped teachers leave the profession."
Is this teacher correct? Do we teach parents to be "against" special ed teachers? Do we support special ed teachers? What is our mission?
Why should anyone go into special education? What qualities do good special education teachers share? What may be troubling this teacher? What strategies can she employ to resolve her problem?
Pam answers questions about support of special educators (and sets the record straight) in Why Do You Teach Parents to be Against Special Ed Teachers.
More Frequently Asked Questions
2. Doing the Right Thing: School Nurse Vindicated in Retaliation Case
McGreevy is a licensed professional nurse, a pediatric nurse practitioner,
and a certified school nurse.
In 1999, her evaluations suddenly dropped to unsatisfactory levels. What caused this exceptional employee's fall from grace? Read Doing the Right Thing: School Nurse Vindicated in Retaliation Case.
more about trends in Teacher
Litigation and Retaliation
3. New Decision in School Retaliation Case: McGreevy v. Stroup, et. al.
McGreevy v. Stroup,
Tsosie, Soltis, Bermudian Springs Sch. District,
the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that Linda McGreevy had
a right to advocate on behalf of the disabled students, a right to object
to pesticide spraying by an unlicensed individual, and a right to clarify
where she worked (and didn't work).
4. Prepub Offer on Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 Ends Friday, July 15
Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 is available as an e-book, a print book, or both.
(162 pages, 8 1/2" x 11", $9.95). Available now. When you purchase
the e-book (PDF format), you can download it within minutes. You can read
it on your computer or print it out on your printer. There is no shipping
or sales tax for e-books.
$10 Off Coupon
People who order the E-book & Print Combo ($19.95) between Tuesday, June 28 and Friday, July 15 receive a "$10 Off Coupon" that may be applied to the purchase of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition. (To be published after the final special education regulations are published in Winter 2005/6)
Learn more about the prepublication offer.
5. Last Public Hearings on IDEA 2004 Regulations: San Antonio & Washington, D.C.
The Department of Education has held public hearings in several cities to receive comments about the proposed IDEA 2004 regulations. The last public meetings will be held in San Antonio (July 7) and Washington, DC (July 12).
We plan to
attend the meeting in Washington, DC on July 12. We hope to see you there!
6. Pete's Advice: How to Provide a Comment on Proposed Regs
If you intend to provide a comment on the proposed IDEA 2004 regs (in a meeting or in writing), you need to be prepared. Read the specific section in IDEA 2004 and the proposed regulation very carefully.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004: Overview, Explanation and Comparison of IDEA 2004 & IDEA 97 describes substantive changes to the five key statutes of IDEA 2004 by section and subsection. Text added to IDEA 2004 is in italics. Text deleted from IDEA 97 has been
The proposed IDEA 2004 regulations (reformatted with subsections indented under main sections, outlined, easy to read). URL: http://www.wrightslaw.com/idea/law/idea.regs.propose.pdf
and Commentary for IDEA 2004 Regulations (also reformatted) includes
the Dept of Ed's comments and explanations about their rationale for changes.
See pages 1 and 2 for Information about how to submit a comment
(i.e., issues, deadlines, addresses, how to to send, etc.).
7. IDEA 2004
The authorization of any new law brings questions and different interpretations. IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw will help you find answers to your questions. How the site is currently organized:
8. Wrightslaw Coming to Hawai'i (July 29-31, 2005)
Pete and Pam Wright are coming to Hilo Hawaii July for two events.
HI - July 29, 2005 - LDA Conference (Keynote Speakers & Presenters)
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