Overcoming Roadblocks to Extended School Year (ESY) Services

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April 21, 2009

ISSN: 1538-3202

Issue: 482
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Standards for ESY

Overcoming Roadblocks to ESY Services

Knowledge & Skills for Effective Advocacy Strategies

Court Rulings on ESY

What's on the Blog About ESY


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Does your child need Extended School Year Services (ESY) but the school does not want to provide these services?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about the legal requirements for ESY, the importance of knowing your state standards, and how to use advocacy strategies to negotiate with the school. Find out how the courts have defined ESY.

You'll also read a new success story about ESY.

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Standards for ESY

Dr. Nissan Bar-Lev describes the legal basis and Standards for ESY as defined by federal courts around the country. Dr. Bar-Lev is the special education director of CESA-7.

But standards vary from state to state.

If you have a disagreement about ESY services, you need to learn about your state standards for ESY. Get your state standards for ESY today.

Use the Directory of State Departments of Education on the Yellow Pages for Kids to find the site for your state department of education. Search the state site for "Extended School Year."

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Overcoming Roadblocks to ESY Services

Mother and son reading"Our school has committed to and agreed to pay for tutoring for the summer as extended school year services."

Find out how Christine learned about her state regulations for ESY, then used these regulations to negotiate with the school for ESY services.

Christine learned how to navigate around roadblocks at the IEP meeting and successfully obtained ESY services for her son, Alex.

Read this new success story, Overcoming Roadblocks to Extended School Year Services.

To learn how to resolve an ESY dispute, read Advocacy Strategies: Negotiating for Extended School Year Services.

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Knowledge & Skills for Effective Advocacy Strategies

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Court Rulings on ESY

Courts have held that schools may not use regression-recoupment as the only standard for determining if a child is eligible for ESY.

Federal court decisions have defined other factors that must be considered:

  • regression and recoupment
  • child's progress toward IEP goals
  • window of opportunity to learn emerging skills
  • interfering behavior and impact on child's ability to benefit from special education
  • nature and severity of the disability
  • areas that need continuous attention

If you are familiar with cases about ESY, you will be in a stronger position to negotiate for your child.

Read the caselaw and find more resources about Extended School Year.

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What's on the BLOG about ESY?

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