Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our mission is to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the changing world of special education.
return to school and summer memories fade, it's time to find out what
you missed during the busy summer. In this issue of The
Special Ed Advocate, we'll help you catch up on important news about
IDEA 2004 and a record 6.7 million settlement. You'll learn about our
Fall training schedule - and a very special offer.
1. Feds Publish Proposed IDEA 2004 Regulations
In June, the U. S. Department of Education issued the proposed IDEA regulations - 652 pages! We wanted to make the regulations less cumbersome, less intimidating, easier to print, read and study, so we reformatted the proposed regulations into two documents:
2004 Regulations: Explanations and Commentary - 65 pages in pdf
2. 10 Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child's Special Education
On July 1, 2005, IDEA 2004 went into effect. The authorization of any law brings differing interpretations and questions. IDEA 2004 is no exception.
Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child's Special Education,
parent attorney Wayne Steedman explains how IDEA 2004 created a higher
standard for a free, appropriate public education and how you can use
No Child Left Behind to obtain a better IEP for your child.
Wayne also teaches 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 offers advice about how to resolve disputes - and what to do if you cannot resolve your dispute.
To learn 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.
3. Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004
On August 18, Harbor House Law Press published Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004. The book includes the full text of Parts A and B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) with commentary, analysis, interpretation, and cross-references.
Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 also includes several appendices, a glossary of acronyms, abbreviations and terms, and a bibliography of resources.
publication - $14.95 plus shipping (168 pages, 8 1/2"
x 11", perfect bound)
4. IDEA 2004: Roadmap to IEPs
How did IEPs
change under IDEA 2004? What does the law say about developing, reviewing
and revising IEPs? Who may be excused from IEP meetings, when, how? When
can the child's IEP be changed without an IEP meeting?
5. Wrightslaw Training Program in Hartford, CT (October 14-15, 2005)
Pete and Pam Wright will present Putting the Pieces Together: Special Education Law and Advocacy Training in Hartford on October 14 & 15, 2005. The program is sponsored by the Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut.
this high energy 12-hour course, we will use the two texts included in
the registration fee. The curriculum includes: IDEA 2004; using tests
and measurements to track programs; IEPs & IEP Teams; No Child Left
Behind; tactics and strategies for effective advocacy. Learn
6. Federal Judge Approves Record $6.7 Million Settlement in Special Ed Case
the Manhattan Beach Unified School District and the California Department
of Education agreed to pay more than $6.7 million to a child
with a disability and his parents for their failure to appropriately educate
the child for more than five years.
7. Special Offer on Wrightslaw: Special Education Law -- $3.95!
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law includes the full text of the the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1997, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, FERPA, implementing regulations, decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, and extensive commentary and explanations by Pete Wright. This book does not include IDEA 2004.
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law is a useful reference to the IDEA 97 statute. You can also download The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004: Overview, Explanation and Comparison of IDEA 2004 & IDEA 97 by Peter W. D. Wright, Esq. The monograph describes the substantive changes to the five key statutes of IDEA 2004 by section and subsection.
Why? Because Wrightslaw: Special Education Law contains the old law, we took the book out of print a few months ago. Copies have been returned by bookstores so we have a limited quantity. We are making the book available for $3.95.
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