Back to School Tips
Starting a New IEP Advocacy Year

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For parents of children with special needs, “back to school” means the start of a new IEP advocacy year. Begin now! Monitor, evaluate, and document your child’s year at school.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, attorney Lisa Krizman shares tips about advocacy supplies, monitoring progress, and catching up on legal developments in special education.

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Back to School Tips

Your children have returned to school. As parents, it's time to think about what you need to do to start this school year right.

Have you made contact with school staff, including the school nurse? Do you have a baseline picture of your child for the beginning of the school year? Are you prepared to monitor progress? Are you aware of the new federal regulations about parental consent?

Read Starting a New IEP Advocacy Year: Back to School Tips from attorney, Lisa Krizman.


New Success Story: Set High Expectations

Ann Marie has 3 children with special needs.  Two children have dyslexia and one was born with Spina Bifida.  But Ann Marie understood the importance of keeping the standard high and establishing a strong work ethic for students with special needs.

Read the guidelines she used to help her children achieve success in a new Success Story: Setting High Expectations and a Strong Work Ethic.


Back to School Special Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday night, September 15, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

The Education News Parents Can Use Broadcast will feature Secretary Duncan in a special town hall meeting, subtitled “America Goes Back to School.”

To contribute to the discussion call the show during the live broadcast, at 1-888-493-9382, between 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET.

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School Guidance for Flu Season

What Does "swine flu" have to do with FAPE? What happens if your child's school must close for an extended period because of an outbreak of swine flu? Is this considered a loss of "educational opportunities?"

More resources on H1N1 Flu from the US Department of Education.


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