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Subj: THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE, MAY 5, 2000 (V. 3, NO. 15)
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The Special Ed Advocate

The Online Newsletter About Special Education and the Law

May 5, 2000 Vol. III, No. 15

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

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1. NEWS! WHITEHEAD RETALIATION CASE AGAINST HILLSBOROUGH FL SETTLES

2. EFFECTIVE PARENT ADVOCACY: STAND!

3. RETALIATION: THE CALIFORNIA “ENEMIES LIST”

4. CD-ROM OFFER FROM WRIGHTSLAW

5. LAW LIBRARY REORGANIZED - NEW LINKS

6. EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS! SPECIAL EDUCATION CONSUMER SURVEY

7. SUBSCRIPTION ONFORMATION

8. CONTACT INFORMATION

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1. NEWS! WHITEHEAD RETALIATION CASE AGAINST HILLSBOROUGH FL SETTLES
 
In April 1998, we heard a rumor that a Florida jury had just awarded $600,000 in damages to parents of a disabled child.

After we contacted the parents and their attorney and confirmed the facts in the case, we sent out our first Alert:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/news_Whitehead_980403.htm

The Whitehead case was front page news in the FIRST issue of THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE newsletter, published on April 21, 1998.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/nwltr/1998/nl_98_0421.html

And this was a very good newsletter!

We asked Laura Whiteside, attorney for the parents, to write an article about “The Inside Story of the $600,000 Jury Verdict” for the Wrightslaw site. She graciously agreed. This link will take
you to “The Inside Story” by Laura Whiteside:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/ltr_whiteside_980606.html

The case began when the parents asked the school district to provide the one hour a week of speech language therapy that the district agreed their child required.

When the district refused, the parents requested a due process hearing.

The Hearing Officer ruled in their favor, finding that Hillsborough County School District was not providing the child with a free appropriate public education, and that the district had discriminated against him and retaliated against his parents.

The school district refused to implement the Hearing Officer’s decision. Finally the parents brought suit in federal court to enforce the order and get services for their son.

To read the family’s Press Release (in pdf), which includes a history of the case, and a personal statement by Keith and Nikole Whitehead, go to

http://www.wrightslaw.com/news/2000/whitehead_newsrelease_000503.pdf

On May 2, 2000, the Hillsborough County School Board voted to approve the settlement of Whitehead v. HCSD.

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2. EFFECTIVE PARENT ADVOCACY: STAND!

While their case was unfolding, Keith and Nikole Whitehead established a non-profit organization called Statewide Advocacy Network on Disabilities (STAND) to help families of children with disabilities in educational planning.

STAND offers free information and assistance to families who are attempting to negotiate the special education maze. For more information, contact STAND, P. O. Box 1836, Tampa, FL 33601-1836 or call (813) 258-5700. The President of STAND is our good friend, Mark Kamleiter, Esq., whom we spent time with during the last COPAA Conference.

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3. RETALIATION: THE CALIFORNIA “ENEMIES LIST”

The verdict in the Whitehead case made us aware of other instances of retaliation against parents. In California, school districts maintained and circulated the names of special ed
parents who were viewed as "enemies" of schools because they advocated on behalf of their children.

The article about the California Enemies List is at

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

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4. CD-ROM OFFER FROM WRIGHTSLAW

Many people have written and called with questions about the WRIGHTLAW CD ROM OFFER.

The OFFER ends in less than one week. Don’t procrastinate! SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED.

Follow this link for the html page about the CD-ROM OFFER.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/news/2000/promo_00_0503.htm

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5. LAW LIBRARY REORGANIZED - NEW LINKS

When you visit the Law Library, you’ll see that we’ve reorganized this section of the site.

Main entrance to Law Library is at

http://www.wrightslaw.com/main_lawlibrary.htm

There are four areas in the Law Library:

Legal News: http://www.wrightslaw.com/lawlibrary_news.htm

Caselaw: http://www.wrightslaw.com/lawlibrary_caselaw.htm

Statute & Regulations:
http://www.wrightslaw.com/lawlibrary_statute.htm

Articles & Reports:
http://www.wrightslaw.com/lawlibrary_articles.htm

WE NEED YOUR HELP: When we reorganize an area of the site, we make the site more user-friendly. The downside is that we unwittingly create “broken links.”

If you find a broken link, please send an email to brokenlink@wrightslaw. In the subject line of your message, write BROKEN LINK. Please tell us where you were and what you were looking for so we can fix the link. Thanks!

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6. EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS! SPECIAL EDUCATION CONSUMER SURVEY

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) wants to hear from you!

You can participate in their comprehensive planning process by completing their on-line Special Education Consumer Survey. This is your opportunity to provide input, and help shape activities
that will link best practices to states, school systems, and families to improve results for infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities.

Here is the web address for the Special Education Consumer Survey:

http://www.osepplanning.org/index.htm

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7. SUBSCRIPTION ONFORMATION

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’ll receive announcements and "alerts" about new cases and other events. Back issues of The Special Ed Advocate are in the Newsletter Archives at the Wrightslaw site -

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8. 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

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