Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
Highlights: How to get the school to provide an appropriate reading program; reviewing special ed rights & responsibilities; learning about FAPE; $10 off on Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy; A Parent's Guide to NCLB; recommended books about reading and research-based reading programs; Wrightslaw programs in NH, AK, MD; help from Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.
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1. How Can I Get the School to Provide an Appropriate Reading Program?
son entered special education in 2nd grade. He is now in 5th
grade. When he entered special ed, his reading level was 1.3.
After 30 months of special education, his reading level is
2.3. He is falling further behind, not closing the
"When I asked that my son receive Wilson instruction five days a week, the principal said they were 'trying to meet me half way' but I was 'not entitled to dictate the method they chose to use to remediate Paul.' I have not signed the IEP."
"Should I sign the IEP and be grateful for two days of Wilson? I am tired of fighting with them. I feel like giving up but my son is too important."
can this parent get an appropriate reading program for her
child? How can she deal with the resistant teacher?
2. Review: Special Ed Rights & Responsibilities
time is just around the corner. It's time to brush up on your
knowledge about special education rights and responsibilities.
You will find FAPE defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) at 20 U. S. C. § 1401(8) (Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, page 27) and in the Code of Federal Regulations at 34 C.F.R. § 300.13 (Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, page 142).
can you tell if your child is receiving educational benefit? If
you compare the child's educational achievement test scores over
time, you will know if your child is receiving educational
3. What is FAPE?
special education programs should be designed to meet each
child's unique needs, programs will vary. These articles will
help you understand what a "free appropriate public
education" means for different children.
Ohio Child Entitled to an Education That is Appropriate -- and
Free. What is FAPE? Court of Appeals says child entitled to
appropriate education that is also free; orders district to
reimburse parents for child's tuition at private school.
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you confused about No Child Left Behind? You are not
Sue explains, "Only 32% of fourth graders are proficient readers who read at a fourth grade level, so a large focus of No Child Left Behind is on reading achievement."
learn how No Child Left Behind will affect you, your
child, and your child's school, read A
Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind
Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind is also
available as a 4 page, printer-friendly pdf document. We
encourage you to print and distribute this article so
parents, teachers and child advocates learn about this
important law. By working together, we are making a
6. Research-Based Reading Instruction
asked attorneys, educators, evaluators, and advocates to
recommend their favorite books for our Advocacy
Bookstore. Here are some recommended books about
reading, dyslexia and learning disabilities:
will find other good books in the Research-Based
Education section of our bookstore.
7. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw Programs in New Hampshire, Alaska & Maryland
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
Manchester, New Hampshire (Boot Camp) - March 26-27, 2004
Juneau, Alaska (Boot Camp) - April 8-9, 2004
Anchorage, Alaska (Boot Camp)- April 13-14, 2004
Annapolis, Maryland (Boot Camp) - April 30-May 1, 2004
Wrightslaw programs are usually "sold out" so if you plan to attend, don't procrastinate - register today!
8. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
you looking for a tutor or therapist? A
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A speech language therapist? An advocate
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