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The Special Ed Advocate

The Online Newsletter About Special Education and the Law

March 23, 2000 Vol. III, No. 11

Visit us today at http://www.wrightslaw.com

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The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter about special education legal issues, cases, tactics and strategy, effective educational methods, and Internet links.

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1. KUDOS! YOUR CREATIVE IDEAS FOR "THE SECOND BOOK"

2. ONLINE CONFERENCE ABOUT SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW (March 23, 2000)

3. EXAM COPIES OF "WRIGHTSLAW SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW"

4. VIRGINIA SPECIAL EDUCATION REGULATIONS: WRIGHTLAW COMMENTARY

5. TACTICS & STRATEGY MANUAL: #21 ON BESTSELLER LIST!

6. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

7. CONTACT INFORMATION

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1. KUDOS! YOUR CREATIVE IDEAS FOR "THE SECOND BOOK"

When we sent out the FREE BOOKS OFFER, we asked you to tell us what you planned to do with "The Second Book." We knew you'd have some "Creative Ideas" but we've been overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness and generosity.

What did we learn?

You want to help others! Many of you plan to donate "The Second Book" to a person, group or organization and you've given thought to the "ideal recipient." One person summed this up by writing "I'm sure you agree that knowledge is power" then described plans to donate "The Second Book" for a specific purpose so that others
will benefit.

Curious?

Read "What I Will Do with "The Second Book" at

http://www.wrightslaw.com/news/2000/Second_Book_0323.htm

For an update on the FREE BOOKS OFFER, go to

http://www.wrightslaw.com/news/2000/freebooks_0315.htm

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2. ONLINE CONFERENCE ABOUT SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW (March 23, 2000)

On Thursday, MARCH 23, Pete and Pam Wright will be guests at HealthyPlace.com for an online conference about special education law.

The topics is: "Special Education Law: What Every Parent Needs to Know"

The online conference is moderated and participants will be able to answer questions.

Place: "Conference Room" at the Healthy.Place chat site at

http://chat.healthyplace.com

Start time: 9 EST, 8 CST, 7 MST, 6 PST.

For those outside the US, a time zone chart is at

http://www.isbister.com/worldtime/ (United States - New York - is EST)

PROCEDURE: If this is your first visit to the chatroom, go to the login page and click on "new account" link. Make up a username and password. Click on the "remember password box" so your username and password will be available to you in the future.

Conferences sponsored by HealthyPlace.com are free to all. If you know others who would benefit, please invite them.

Check out the HealthyPlace.com Mental Health Communities at

http://www.healthyplace.com

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3. EXAM COPIES OF WRIGHTSLAW: SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW

Many professors are using WRIGHTSLAW: SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW in their classes about special education and special education law. A sociology professor is using the book in a graduate level course about organizations.

WRIGHTSLAW: SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW is about to go into the third printing. Harbor House Law Press is trying to estimate sales for the coming year.

If you are a college or university teacher and are interested in using WRIGHTSLAW: SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW in a class, you may want to order an examination copy. For or information about how to order an exam copy of WRIGHTSLAW: SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW, follow this link:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/bkstore/ourbooks/Law_Book_academics.htm

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4. VIRGINIA SPECIAL EDUCATION REGULATIONS: COMMENTARY FROM WRIGHTLAW

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is revising the state special education regulations. As part of this process, VDOE is seeking to reduce their responsibilities to children with disabilities and their families.

Virginia's record of compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act is dismal.

According to the last Monitoring Report by OSEP, Virginia was "Non-compliant" in five areas, with "No Information" in two areas. Virginia was not compliant in a single area.

The "Summary of Findings" from OSEP's last Monitoring Report of Virginia is at:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/virginia/VA_NCD_Summary.PDF

Pete Wright provided extensive commentary about specific areas of Virginia's proposed special education regulations. This commentary is in pdf format (191 K) and will take a minute or more to open or download. The URL for the Wrightslaw commentary on the Virginia regulations is

http://www.wrightslaw.com/virginia/ltrregs.pdf

* IDEA COMPLIANCE REPORT *

The IDEA Compliance Report is having a large ripple effect around the country. The Report includes detailed information about every state. The Report also established that the federal government has not played an active role in enforcement, but has relied on parents to enforce the law.

The Index to the full IDEA Compliance Report is at

http://www.wrightslaw.com/law/reports/IDEA_Compliance_Index.htm

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5. TACTICS & STRATEGY MANUAL HITS BESTSELLER LIST!

A few weeks ago, we put the WRIGHTSLAW TACTICS & STRATEGY MANUAL on the Fatbrain site as an "e-book." The digital version is less expensive and there are no fees for shipping.

A couple of days ago, Fatbrain advised us about MightyWords.com, the new site for digital publications. When we visited MightyWords.com, we found that WRIGHTSLAW TACTICS & STRATEGY MANUAL was #21 on their bestseller list!

To learn more about the TACTICS & STRATEGY MANUAL, go to

http://www.wrightslaw.com/bkstore/ourbooks/Tactics_Manual.html

For the digital version of the TACTICS & STRATEGY MANUAL, go to

http://www.mightywords.com/

and search for "Wrightslaw"

Or go to this URL-

http://www1.mightywords.com/asp/bookinfo/bookinfo.asp?theisbn=EB00004971

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6. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter about special education legal issues, cases, tactics and strategy, effective educational methods, and Internet links.

As a subscriber to The Special Ed Advocate, you will receive announcements and "alerts" about new cases and other events. Back issues of The Special Ed Advocate are in the Newsletter Archives at our web site -

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7. CONTACT INFORMATION

Pete and Pam Wright
c/o Wrightslaw & The Special Ed Advocate
P. O. Box 1008
Deltaville, VA 23043
Phone: 804-257-0857

Website: http://www.wrightslaw.com
Email: webmaster@wrightslaw.com

The resources at this website are copyrighted by the authors.

They may be used for non-commercial purposes only. They may not be redistributed for commercial purposes without the express written consent of Peter W. D. Wright.

It is not necessary to obtain our consent to link to our website or copy, print and distribute our articles and newsletters for nonprofit purposes so long as the material is reproduced in its entirety and credit is given to Pete and Pam Wright and "wrightslaw" including the URL -

http://www.wrightslaw.com

Copyright 2000, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright. All rights reserved.

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