Subj:    THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE, VOL. 1, NO. 19 (DEC. 3, 1998)
Date:    12/3/98 4:49:38 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: (Pam and Pete Wright)

The Special Ed Advocate

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Special Education and the Law

December 3, 1998 Vol. 1, No. 19

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IN THIS ISSUE: December 3, 1998

(1) NEW! Split Decision from Third Circuit in Collingsru v. Palmyra Bd
of Educ. (Nov. 23, 1998)

(2) NEW Letters to the Webmaster -

John asks "Why Did You Add Doe v. Withers to the Site?" Pete says "Your
point is well-taken."

Mark writes "The school wants to expel my son. What does the law say
about expelling kids from school?"

(3) NEW: IDEA 97 and Discipline

(4) Check Out Books and Tapes in Our Gift Shop!

(5) Children's Corner

(6) Subscription and Contact Information


(1) NEW: Third Circuit Issues Split Decision in Collingsru v. Palmyra
Bd. Educ.. (Nov. 23, 1998)

On November 23, the Third Circuit issued a split decision in Collingsru
v. Palmyra Bd of Education. The parents in Collingsru could not afford
to hire an attorney. They represented their son in an administrative
hearing and appealed their case to federal court.

The District Court judge advised them that they had to be represented by
an attorney - if they did not get legal representation, he would dismiss
their case. The parents argued that this closed the courtroom doors to
most parents who cannot afford legal representation.

The 3rd Circuit's decision in Collingsru was split. To read this debate
about parental rights and responsibilities, and whether non-attorney
parents may represent their children in court, go to



John asks "Why did you put Doe v. Withers on your web site? What is the
relevance of a case that's 15 years old? Are you just being

Why IS Doe v. Withers significant? Read Pete's response at -


Mark writes "The school wants to expel my son. Can they do this? What
does the law say about discipline?"

Mark's son has serious learning disabilities. When another boy brought
root beer to school, Mark's son drank some. Now, the school wants to
expel him for a semester. Mark needs help.



IDEA 97 Section 1415(k) - This is part of Section 1415 that focuses
exclusively on the confusing new section in the law about discipline.


(4) THE GIFT SHOP - "May it Please the Court" Allows You to Hear History
Being Made.

"May It Please the Court : The First Amendment Live Recordings and
Transcripts of the Oral Arguments Made Before the Supreme Court by Peter
Irons." (Book and four 90 minute cassettes)

"First Amendment" includes a 1963 school-prayer case; a 1969 decision in
which the Court upheld students' right to wear black armbands to protest
the Vietnam War; a 1971 case striking down a state law criminalizing
flag burning; and the 1971 Pentagon Papers case. Cases also address
government display of religious symbols; "public indecency"; reporters'
right to protect their sources; religious use of drugs; censorship of
school newspapers; discrimination based on sexual preference; draft-card
burning; and libel (including the Larry Flynt-Jerry Falwell and New York
Times Co. v. Sullivan cases)

"Through sophisticated, penetrating questioning, often leading to
energetic dialogues with the arguing attorneys, the justices probe the
strengths and weaknesses of the contending parties' respective legal
arguments. As spoken constitutional history providing unique glimpses
into the reasoning process of our highest court, oral arguments are
worthy of serious study."

Click here for more information on May It Please the Court.


We recently added several books especially for children. Look for them
in the Gift Shop.

Eagle Eyes: A Child's Guide to Paying Attention by Jeanne Gehret (age
9-12 )

The Don'T-Give-Up Kid and Learning Differences Book by Jeanne Gehret.
(age 9-12)

Children need heroes - and who is more interesting than Helen Keller?
Here are two biographies about Helen Keller written especially for
children -

Helen Keller: A Light for the Blind by Kathleen Kudlinksi. ("Notable
Children's Book in
Social Studies") (Ages 7-11; RL: 4.8 )

Helen Keller: Crusader for the Blind and Deaf by Stewart Graff and Polly
Anne Dell.
(Ages 9-12; RL: 2.6 )


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