Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the confusing world of special education. In this issue, we look at IEPs and advocacy strategies.
Highlights: Message from Pam and Pete Wright about advocacy programs and Midwest Tour; writing IEPs for success; IEP resources and help; letter from advocates about state returning federal funds; NCLB news; free pubs about IEPs, reading, bullying, private school students, behavior & discipline; Wrightslaw programs in IL, IN, MI.
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1. Message from Pam & Pete Wright
are publishing this issue of The Special Ed Advocate as we drive
across Missouri on the way to Illinois (technology is
wonderful!) As we drove along the Mississippi River, we stopped
to watch bald eagles fishing and flying along the river - a
2. Writing IEPs for Success
Frustrated with one-size fits all IEPs that are not tailored to your child's unique needs? Feel intimidated at IEP meetings? Worried that your child is not making progress in the special ed program? You aren't alone!
Barbara Bateman, author of Writing
Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives, is the nation's leading
expert on IEPs. This is how Dr. Bateman describes IEPs and the
"Parents who attempt to participate as equals are often intimidated into acquiescence. They are given false and outrageous distortions as, 'We (the district) don't provide individual tutoring'; or 'We are a full inclusion school and have no special classes or resource rooms because we don't believe in pullout programs.'"
"When these limiting and blatantly illegal practices are presented as if they are fact, few parents are prepared to challenge the school district."
Bateman is an expert on IEPs. In Writing
IEPs for Success, Dr. Bateman walks you though the IEP
process, step-by-step. If you want to participate in the IEP
process, you need to learn how to write IEP goals and objectives
that measure your child's progress.
3. IEP Resources: Articles, Cases, Tactics & Strategies, Tips, Free Pubs
people who visit Wrightslaw have questions about IEPs. Read What
is Your IEP IQ (and take the IEP Quiz). Our IEP
Resources Page has dozens of articles, tips, FAQs, law,
regulations, tactics and strategies, and free publications.
4. Advocacy: States Return Millions to Feds - What One Advocacy Group is Doing
A few weeks ago, we learned that states had returned millions in unspent education funds to the federal government. Sue Heath, author of the popular Doing Your Homework columns, wrote States Send Millions Back to Feds! Lack of Federal Funds? Not Really.
Parents United were concerned when they learned that their
state returned $692,000 in unspent funds - especially when
Oregon school districts are telling parents that children cannot
receive special Ed services because of "lack of
More about effective Advocacy.
5. No Child Left Behind News - Information! Power! Action!
weeks ago, when the U. S. Department of Education launched the
Information Partnership Site, Secretary Paige said,
"Information is power . . . the performance of our
educational system can no longer be hidden in the
6. Free Pubs: IEPs, Reading, Bullying, Private School Students, Discipline & Behavior
obstacle in advocating for a child with a disability is finding
the time to do research. We spend hours collecting information
so you can spend your time learning, not searching.
Schoolwide Prevention of Bullying (Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory) Did you know that 30 percent of children are involved in bullying, as bullies, victims, or both? Did you know that approximately 15 percent are “severely traumatized or distressed” by bullies? Yet, teachers rarely report bullying. Schools often do not take it seriously. This booklet provides an overview of bullying and successful efforts that schools can use to address it; profiles anti-bullying programs and offers resources.
with Disabilities Placed By Their Parents in Private Schools:
An IDEA Practices Toolkit. (U.
S. Department of Education) Provides
clear explanations of the procedures about educating of
students with disabilities who are voluntarily placed by their
parents in private schools. This toolkit is designed to help
parents, staff and administrators of public and private
7. February Schedule: Wrightslaw Programs in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan
Wrightslaw programs scheduled for this winter are filling up fast. If you plan to attend, register soon. If you wait, you may find that the program in your area is sold out!
Spring 2004: NH, AK, MD, AL
New Hampshire (Boot Camp) -
March 26-27, 2004
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