The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
November 30, 2004

Issue - 288
ISSN: 1538-3202

In this Issue

1. How Will IEPs Change Under IDEA 2004?

2. IDEA 2004: Rule 11 & Attorneys Fees

3. Full Text of IDEA 2004 Compared with IDEA 97

4. Free Shipping & Price Cuts - Holiday Special Ends 12/21!

5. Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs) by Wayne Steedman

6. What Your Should Know About Evaluations by Bob Crabtree

7. Coming Soon: Wrightslaw Programs in OK, FL, NJ, OH, NY, MO

8. Subscription & Contact Info

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Highlights: How IEPs will change under IDEA 2004; Rule 11 & attorneys fees; download full text of IDEA 2004 compared with IDEA-97; Holiday Special - prices cut, free shipping; independent educational evaluations; what you should know about evaluations; Wrightslaw programs in OK, FL, NJ, OH, NY, MO. Download this newsletter.

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1. How Will IEPs Change Under IDEA 2004?

We are writing a series of articles to help you get up and running on IDEA-2004. In the last issue of The Special Ed Advocate, we focused on the purposes of the law and transition. This week, we look at IEPs, highly qualified personnel, research based instructional programs, and attorneys fees.

How will IEPs change under IDEA 2004?

In IDEA 2004, Congress added new language that parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys can use to help ensure that children with disabilities receive research-based instruction and are taught by highly qualified teachers. Learn about new requirements for IEPs, personnel training, and scientifically based instruction in "How Will IEPs Change Under IDEA 2004?"

Learn more about research based instruction.

Learn more about IEPs.

2. IDEA 2004: Rule 11 and Attorneys Fees

Many parents and advocates have expressed serious concerns about
the “new” attorney fee statute in IDEA 2004 that permits school districts to recover fees from attorneys who represent parents.

Pete analyzes these new provisions in IDEA 2004, improper litigation, frivolous actions, and the practical implications of this new statute in Rule 11 & Attorneys Fees.

As you read the new statute, keep in mind that Congress intended to align the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) with the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal general education law. The full text of the No Child Left Behind Act is in Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind.

We will continue to publish articles about specific issues (i.e., highly qualified teacher requirements, IEPs, IEP meetings) over the next weeks and months.

Learn more about IDEA 2004, including changes to key statutes.

3. Full Text of IDEA 2004 Compared with IDEA 97

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates has prepared a comparison of IDEA 2004 with IDEA 97. Additions to the law are marked with underlining and italics. Deletions are marked with strikethroughs.

This document is available as one complete PDF file (190 pages) or as 8 documents. Permission to copy is granted provided that it is unedited and attributed to COPAA. Learn how to download.

Learn about the Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates.

4. Free Shipping & Price Cuts - Holiday Special Ends December 21!

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5. Independent Educational Evaluations

When Congress enacted the IDEA, they included “procedural safeguards” to protect the rights of children with disabilities and their parents and to ensure that children receive a free appropriate education. These “safeguards” include the opportunity to examine the child's records, to have advance notice before any significant actions are taken, the right to pursue mediation and litigation, and the right to obtain an independent educational evaluation.

Parents and school personnel are often confused about what independent educational evaluations (IEE) and how these evaluations are to be used.

In Independent Educational Evaluations, parent attorney Wayne Steedman addresses what constitutes an IEE, the value of an IEE, what the law requires, and who is financially responsible for an IEE. Read article.

Learn more about procedural safeguards.

6. What You Should Know about Evaluations

Parent attorney Bob Crabtree writes, "As a parent, you must make sure that all areas of possible need are assessed as quickly as possible. While some parents would rather not allow their school system to evaluate their child, a refusal to cooperate at this stage of the process can backfire . . . "

In What You Should Know About Evaluations, you will learn about:

* Your Rights
* Your Never-ending Role
* Due Process
* Selecting an Independent Evaluator

Learn more about evaluations & tests and evaluations.

7. Winter Schedule: Wrightslaw Programs in OK, FL, NJ, OH, NY, MO

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

Schedule: Winter 2005

Edmond Oklahoma: December 4, 2005 - FREE to parents and educational caregivers

Orlando, FL: January 21-22, 2005 (Mini Boot Camp)

Cherry Hill, NJ: February 18-19, 2005 (Boot Camp!)

Cincinnati, OH - Mini Boot Camp - February 23-24, 2005 - SOLD OUT!

Long Island, NY - LIACSN, Inc. - March 4-5, 2005 (Mini Boot Camp)

Kansas City, MO - Paseo Academy - March 29, 2005

All participants in these programs will receive two books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, with their registration (Value: $59.90).

f you are interested in bringing a Wrightslaw program to your community, please read FAQs about Seminars. (We are scheduling programs for 2006.)

8. Subscription & Contact Info

The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter about special education legal and advocacy issues, cases, and tactics and strategies. Subscribers receive "alerts" about new cases, events, and special offers on Wrightslaw books.

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Contact Info

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P. O. Box 1008
Deltaville, VA 23043
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