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Writing Letters That Testify at Due Process

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ISSN: 1538-320
August 9, 2011

Don’t let your recordings of IEP meetings sit in a file collecting dust. Put them to good use! Use the recordings to help you write an effective IEP meeting follow-up letter.

Your follow-up letter will re-state what the team discussed and agreed to provide.

You cannot testify at due process. How can you tell the administrative law judge or hearing officer what happened in your IEP meeting?

Your follow-up letter can “testify” for you

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, Part 4 of the Short Course, you will learn how to write three levels of follow-up letters that hit the highlights (or lowlights) of your IEP meetings and are accurate, cordial, and factual. You will find samples of four letters to help you hone your letter writing skills.

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Follow-Up Letters That Testify at Due Process - When You Cannot

The IEP meeting follow-up letter is vitally important and is never a waste of time.

In this article Advocate Paula Flower explains it is well worth the time to learn how to write the Three Levels of Follow-Up Letters:

  1. Follow-up Letter Expressing Appreciation and Asking for Clarification
  2. Follow-up Letter Documenting Disagreement with the IEP
  3. Partial Transcription Letter

Writing Good Evidence Letters

  • Learn more about writing effective letters to the school
  • Avoid letter-writing pitfalls
  • Find 16 sample letters

See Chapter 23: How to Write Good Evidence Letters and Chapter 24: Writing the "Letter to a Stranger" in Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition. Table of Contents

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Power to the Person Who Holds the Pen

In Throwing the Flag - What to Do When the School Says No, Pete Wright explains that the person with power is the one who holds the pen - the person who writes letters and drafts papers.

When the school says "no," use the opportunity to write a letter incorporating the elements of the PWN statute. Learn how to write a letter that will "track the statute."

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