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Prior Written Notice

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ISSN: 1538-320
March 15, 2011

Prior Written Notice (PWN) clearly states that concerns and requests made by the parents must be accepted or rejected.

The IEP team must list the reasons for accepting or rejecting a parent's proposal. And parents, you are members of the IEP team!

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn how to use Prior Written Notice effectively to track your requests, the school's response, issues that were resolved and issues that are still on the table.  Find strategies and a new sample letter to help you control the outcome.

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Throwing the Flag - What To Do When the School Says "No"

What happens when the schools fail to provide prior written notice? If you have concerns and objections, don't wait for the school to respond. Write your own Prior Written Notice letter.

Throwing the Flag - What To Do When the School Says "No"

In this new article, Pete Wright explains that the person with power is the one who holds the pen - the person who writes letters and drafts papers.


Power to the Person Who Holds the Pen

When the school says "no," use the opportunity to write a letter incorporating the elements of the PWN statute.

Pete explains how you can write a letter that tracks the statute.

New! PWN Sample letter


The PWN Form - A Show Stopper

Saying “no” is too easy for some IEP teams.  Articulating "why" according to 20 U.S.C. 1415(c) is tough

Learn how to remain nice and let the law be the bad guy.

Parent Attorney Jeff Martin explains why bringing out the PWN form is a show stopper.  PWN is a Powerful Tool When Skillfully Used


Prior Written Notice: Model Form

Does the Prior Written Notice form used by your state and/or school district meet the requirements of IDEA 2004?

Congress required the Education Department to develop and publish a model Prior Written Notice form.

Prior Written Notice Model Form

Prior Written Notice and Notification Requirements: 20 U.S.C. (1415) and 34 CFR 300.503. (Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, pp. 108-110 and pp. 253-254)

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