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On Special Education

Your guide to special education news
at the local, state, and national levels


Education Week reporter Christina A. Samuels tracts news and trends of interest to the special education community, including administrators, teachers and parents.

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It's All Wright

It might be risky to draw attention to another special education blog, but I can't ignore the recent launch of Wrightslaw Blog.

Wrightslaw has been a reliable source of information for me since I started covering special education four years ago, when I didn't know IDEA from FAPE. The perspective is that of a parent advocate, which Peter Wright has been for decades. In 1993, he represented the parents in a Supreme Court case, Florence County v. Shannon Carter, in which the court unanimously held that parents can be reimbursed by a school district for tuition when they place their children in private schools, even if the private school is not previously approved by the district.

I've used Wrightslaw as a handy source for documentation in special education cases. I also appreciate his measured advice to parents; his website advises parents to know the law, stay polite and professional, and get everything possible in writing. Not a bad set of suggestions.

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