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1. 10 Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child's Special Education by Wayne Steedman, Esq.
As the new school year begins, parents and teachers have questions about IDEA 2004. Do you know about specific changes in IDEA 2004? How will these changes affect your child? What are your responsibilities? How can you use IDEA 2004 to advocate for your child?
In 10 Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Education for Children with Disabilities, parent attorney Wayne Steedman explains how IDEA 2004 created a higher standard for a free, appropriate public education and how you can use NCLB to obtain a better IEP for your child. Learn how you can include research based methodology in the IEP and ensure that the IEP goals are comprehensive, specific - and measurable.
advises you about pitfalls to avoid - how to ensure that your child's
teachers attend IEP meetings and how to avoid the infamous three-year
IEP. He also offers advice about how to resolve disputes without having
to resort to a due process hearing - and what you should do when you cannot
resolve your dispute.
how you can be a better advocate for your child - and avoid those pitfalls
- read 10
Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child's Special Education.
2. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Burden of Proof: On Parents or Schools?
with Disabilities Education Act does not specify whether parents or
school districts have the burden of proof in special education litigation.
If a parent disputes an IEP, the courts agree that it is the parents
burden to place in issue the appropriateness of the IEP. The
next issue is whether the parent has the burden of proving that the IEP
is not appropriate or whether the school district has the burden of proving
that the IEP is appropriate.
5, the U. S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Schaffer
v. Weast. The Court's decision may shift the balance of power
between parents and schools.
version of IDEA Burden of Proof: On Parents or Schools? from
3. Wrightslaw IDEA 2004 Training: St. Clairsville, OH (Sept 16) & Richmond, VA (Sept 17)
Two Wrightslaw IDEA 2004 training programs are scheduled in September.
September 16: St. Clairsville, OH / Wheeling WV
IDEA 2004 & NCLB by Wayne Steedman is a 6 hour program about key provisions of IDEA 2004 & No Child Left Behind. You will learn about new legal requirements for evaluations, parental consent and IEPs, new procedural requirements, and how to use No Child Left Behind to advocate for a child with a disability.
The registration fee includes the course book, Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 (retail value: $14.95), continental breakfast, and lunch. Agenda. Download & distribute conference brochure and registration form
IDEA 2004 & NCLB Training in St. Clairsville OH / Wheeling, WV - Learn about logistics, registration, CLEs and CEUs, accommodations.
IDEA 2004 by Pete Wright is a 6 hour program about key provisions
of IDEA 2004. You
will learn about new legal requirements for evaluations and IEPs, eligibility,
and new procedural requirements for due process hearings. You will also
learn how the decision in Schaffer
v. Weast may shift the balance of power in IEP meetings and due
NOTE: The Richmond program is almost SOLD OUT. Attorneys from California, New Jersey, Texas have registered. If you want to attend, don't procrastinate - register today!
Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates, and attorneys who represent children with disabilities. Our goal is provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to advocate effectively for children with disabilities. Overview.
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