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Subj:    THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE, SEPTEMBER 9, 1999 (V. 2, NO. 21)
Date:    9/9/99 12:13:24 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From:    pwright@wrightslaw.com (Pam & Pete Wright)
Sender:    owner-special-ed-advocate@wrightslaw.com
To:    special-ed-advocate@wrightslaw.com

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The Special Ed Advocate

The Online Newsletter About Special Education and the Law

September 9, 1999 Vol. II, No. 21

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.

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 archived at our web site -
http://www.wrightslaw.com

If your email address changes, please unsubscribe your old email address and subscribe your new email address.

For a "printer friendly" copy of the newsletter, go to http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/nwltr/1999/nl_99_0909.html

Contact, copyright, and subscription information is at the end of this newsletter.

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1. NEW! WRIGHTSLAW CREATIVE SOLUTIONS CONTEST

2. NEW LETTERS TO WRIGHTSLAW

3. REVISING “LETTERS TO WRIGHTSLAW”

4. NEW MEMORANDUM FROM OSEP: ENDING SOCIAL PROMOTION

5. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

6. CONTACT INFORMATION

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1. NEW! THE WRIGHTSLAW “CREATIVE SOLUTIONS CONTEST”

Some visitors to our site write about problems with their child's school. Other visitors write about their creative "win-win" solutions to school problems.

To SOLVE school problems, you must learn to think creatively. Don't allow yourself to get bogged down in anger, resentment, helplessness, and other negative emotions. Don't waste your energy debating about the
unfairness of the situation.

(We know this is tough but this advice is the essence of our next book, FROM EMOTIONS TO ADVOCACY. )

Wrightslaw is sponsoring a CREATIVE SOLUTIONS CONTEST. Here is how it works:

First, read “The Problem” (link below) If you have a Creative Solution that may help this parent solve her
problem, send your Solution to solutions@wrightslaw.com/

In the subject line of your email, write CREATIVE SOLUTIONS CONTEST #1 We will publish the winning Creative Solutions on the Wrightslaw site.

Now, here is the link to the Problem: http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/ltrs/ltr_GA_Mom_child_bus_990909.html

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2. NEW “LETTERS TO WRIGHTSLAW”

We receive hundreds of emails a week from people who have crises, questions and concerns. We hope you understand that we simply do not have enough time to answer most messages personally. We try to answer a
few questions, then include these questions and our answers in The Special Ed Advocate newsletter.

Earlier this week, we heard from a school psychologist who expressed serious concerns about “Teachers Who Promote ADD.” At the same time, we read an article by the Associated Press about “Over-Diagnosis of ADD/ADHD” by medical doctors. Here is a link to the school psychologist’s letter, our response, and the AP article:
http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/ltrs/ltr_schoolpsych_adhd_990902.html

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3. REVISING “LETTERS TO WRIGHTSLAW”

We have been revising the website, one area at a time. Recently, we turned our attention to the “Letters to Wrightslaw” section.

We are revising the section so letters are listed as they would be in an index (instead of by name and state). We hope this will make it easier for you to find information about your concerns and issues.

The new link to “Letters to Wrightslaw” is – http://www.wrightslaw.com/main_ltrs_wrightslaw.htm

NOTE: The downside of revising a site is always “broken links.” If you encounter a broken link or any other problem, drop the webmaster a note at webmaster@wrightslaw.com

Thanks!

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4. NEW MEMORANDUM FROM OSEP: ENDING SOCIAL PROMOTION

A few months ago, we included a letter from Guy McBride, a North Carolina school psychologist. In his letter, Guy warned about “a wave of retentions and educational policy that will damage the most vulnerable children and pit parents against educators.”

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/ltrs/ltr_NCschoolpsych_retention_990415.html

Since we published Guy’s letter, the Office of Special Education issued a Memorandum “Taking Responsibility for Ending Social Promotion: A Guide for Educators and State and Local Leaders.”

We added the “Executive Summary” of this Memorandum to the Wrightslaw site. Here is a link to the Summary.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/OSEP_execsummary.html

To get the entire Memorandum about “Ending Social Promotion,” go to http://www.ed.gov/pubs/socialpromotion/

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5. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

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In the beginning of your message, insert the following words exactly, with the hyphens, all lowercase

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To unsubscribe to The Special Ed Advocate, send an email to majordomo@wrightslaw.com

In the beginning of your message, insert the following words exactly, with the hyphens, all lowercase

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6. CONTACT INFORMATION

Pete and Pam Wright
c/o 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 1999, Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright. All rights reserved.

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