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1. New Decision from 6th Circuit - IEPs, Draft IEPs, Placement
On January 24, 2001,
the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision
v. Bexley City School District (OH). This decision
is about IEPs, draft IEPs and "written offers," essential
Although the school
district met with the parents about the child's needs, the district
did not convene an IEP meeting. The school district claimed
they could not develop an IEP because the parents did not agree
with their proposed placement. The Court firmly disagreed.
In Knable, the Court discusses "draft IEPs" and the importance of the IEP as the "written offer." They noted, "The written offer not only helps to eliminate factual disputes between the school district and parents about proposed placements, but also "greatly assists parents in presenting complaints with respect to any matter relating to the . . . educational placement of the child."
Get this important new decision from the Wrightslaw site
FROM WRIGHTSLAW: The Knables were represented by Frank Hickman, Esq. Mr. Hickman is a member of COPAA and will present at the 4th Annual COPAA Conference in Washington, DC, March 8-11, 2001.
2. Pet & Pam Wright ask for your help
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3. How to use an IEP Attachment
Are you having trouble getting the IEP team to address your concerns? Read advocate Judy Bonnell's suggestions about how to handle this problem.