Subj: THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE, FEBRUARY 20, 2001 (V. 4, N. 6)
Date: 2/20/01 9:32:04 AM Pacific Standard Time
From: webmaster@wrightslaw.com (Wrightslaw)
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To: special-ed-advocate@lists.wrightslaw.com (THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE)

THE SPECIAL ED ADVOCATE, FEBRUARY 20, 2001 (V. 4, N. 6)

Highlights: In this issue, we offer a "New Parents Game Plan" to help you
prioritize and design a plan of action. You'll learn about the Special Ed
Advocacy Tutorial - regardless of your experience, you'll learn new things
from this wonderful tutorial. And you'll want to read the update on the
special ed teachers' suit against their principal.

There are 20,785 subscribers to The Special Ed Advocate newsletter! With
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1. “ALL OF THIS IS NEW. I'M OVERWHELMED. WHERE DO WE START?” 

2. SPECIAL ED ADVOCACY TUTORIAL

3. UPDATE ON TEACHER LAWSUIT AGAINST PRINCIPAL 

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1. “ALL OF THIS IS NEW. I'M OVERWHELMED. WHERE DO WE START?” 

Charles writes, “My son Daniel is 8 years old and in the second grade. He
was diagnosed with learning disabilities and ADHD. He is in a
self-contained reading class because he cannot read or spell.”

“Although Daniel has been receiving special education services for a year
and a half, his progress is minimal at best. We shared our concerns with
the school and asked for additional services. We are not optimistic.”

“All of this is new to us (even the Internet). A friend told us about your
site – this is why I’m writing you. What information should I read to
become a better advocate for Daniel?”

Charles speaks for an army of parents who are "new advocates" for their
children. As you deal with the news that your child has a disability, you
also enter the confusing, frustrating world of special education.

We wrote this "Wrightslaw Game Plan for New Parents" to help you sort
through an overwhelming amount of information. What's important? What do
you need to learn now? What can wait?

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

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2. SPECIAL ED ADVOCACY TUTORIAL

This fantastic 8-part tutorial was written by Dr. Leslie Packer to help
parents who want to advocate for their children.

You'll learn about the personal qualities of an advocate, basic legal
rights under the IDEA and Section 504, Eligibility, Evaluations,
Eligibility Meetings, Components of an IEP, Procedural Safeguards
(designed to protect your and your child's rights), and discipline issues.

The Tutorial includes sample letters and forms, a glossary of terms, and
more.

http://www.tourettesyndrome.net/Advocacy/SpecEd/advocacy_selfhelp_intro.htm


Links to important resources at this page:

http://www.tourettesyndrome.net/Advocacy/SpecEd/advocacy_speced_start.htm

Dr. Packer's site is filled with excellent information about different
disabilities.

http://www.tourettesyndrome.net

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3. UPDATE ON SPECIAL ED TEACHERS LAWSUIT 

On July 31, 1998, three teachers filed a lawsuit against their principal.
After the teachers received a favorable decision from the U. S. District
Court, the principal appealed to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth
Circuit.

On January 2, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a
decision in Fales v. Garst. The Court of Appeals attempted to balance the
teachers' interest in freedom of speech v. their "employer's interest in
promoting efficiency."

This case has generated intense interest for our subscribers. We asked the
Court to send us a copy of the Complaint filed in the case. Read the
Complaint for a story of ignorance, arrogance, betrayal, and revenge.

You can download the Complaint in pdf at: 

http://www.wrightslaw.com/law/pleadings/fales_garst_complaint.pdf

If you missed Pete's analysis of this important case, you can get it at -

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

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CONTACT INFORMATION 
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Wrightslaw & The Special Ed Advocate 
P. O. Box 1008 
Deltaville, VA 23043

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