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In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about the legal concept of free, appropriate public education (FAPE). Find out how the courts have interpreted the meaning of "appropriate" education and the caselaw that supports this concept. "Why Not the Best?" - 4 Lessons About FAPE.
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Inflexible School Policy..."We Do NOT Retain! Not Ever!"
Wrightslaw Training in Overland Park, KS - April 10!
Pete's Comments: Pat Howey's Post & the Decoding Dyslexia Flap
Hot Topics in Special Education Law & Advocacy
How Can I Get the School to Provide an Appropriate Program?
A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention (RTI)
10 Day Notice Letter to the School
Cool Tool! IEP Pop-Up - With the IEP Pop-Up: Resolving Disputes, you will learn strategies to resolve disagreements, steps to take if you disagree with the school, and options you have if unable to resolve disputes.
Special Education / Education
Free, Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
The School Offered Mediation - What Should We Do?
Homebound Instruction: Two Hours a Week = FAPE?
Legal Issues & Decisions
Law: Noteworthy Decisions from Courts of Appeals
F. H. v. Memphis City Schools (6th Cir. 2014) - Parent filed suit against school after child was verbally, physically, and sexually abused by his aides at school. School entered into Settlement Agreement with the parent, then refused to honor the Agreement. Court found that Sec. 1983 claims do not require exhaustion under IDEA and that settlement agreement is enforceable in courts.
A.C. v. Shelby County (6th Cir. 2013) - Pro-child 504 retaliation decision in which a principal filed false child abuse allegations against child's parents. For a case of this nature to proceed, there must be a finding that the school district retaliated against the parents for asserting their rights under Section 504.
The Sixth Circuit's 29 page opinion does an exceptional job of explaining the basis and criteria needed for a successful Section 504 suit to proceed against a school district.
Original decision as issued by the Court is located here. The Wrightslaw reformatted version with highlights is located here.
with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)
Legal Requirements of IEPs
Model Forms for IEPs, Procedural Safeguards, Prior Written Notice
What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004
Flyers, Resources, Pubs
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Law School Exam - Give it a try. Take the Final Exam that Pete and Pam administered to their students at the William &
Mary School of Law. To see one of their students during oral argument in an
LRE case, click here.
2015 Institute of Special Education Law & Advocacy (ISEA) August 2 - 7, 2015. Registration is open. Meet faculty and graduates from ISEA; review the program agenda.View the Slideshow - ISEA 2014. Live Blogging from ISEA 2013.
Books, DVDs & Websites
For a year and a half, Pete and Pam Wright were
Adjunct Professors of Law at the William and Mary School of Law where they
taught a course about special education law and advocacy and assisted in creating the Law School's Special Education Law Clinic. They are co-founders and faculty at the William and Mary Law School Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA).
They are co-authors
of several books published by Harbor House
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition (ISBN: 978-1-892320-16-2, 456 pages) available in two formats, as a print publication and as a print and e-book combo.
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition (978-1-892320-09-4, 338 pages)
Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind with Suzanne Whitney (ISBN: 978-1-892320-12-4); includes the NCLB CD-ROM of resources and references.
Wrightslaw: All About IEPs (ISBN: 978-1-892320-20-9, 192 pages) by Pete Wright, Pam Wright, and Sue O'Connor.
Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments (ISBN: 978-1-892320-23-o, 200 pages) by Pete Wright, Pam Wright, and Melissa Farrall.
Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board DVD Video - award-winning documentary, 2 hours.
Pete and Pam built several websites to help parents of children with
disabilities in their quest for quality special education programs.
Fetaweb.com, the companion website to Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, has advocacy information and resources to supplement the FETA book.
IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw provides current information about the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004). Learn about new requirements
for IEPs, IEP teams, IEP meetings, eligibility, evaluations, eligibility for specific
learning disabilities, child find, reevaluations, parental consent, accommodations,
alternate assessments, transition, and more.
Child Left Behind at Wrightslaw offers accurate, up-to-date information
about the No Child Left Behind Act - research-based instruction, proficiency testing,
parent involvement, tutoring and supplemental educational services, highly qualified
teachers, and public school choice.
At the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities,
you'll find listings for educational consultants, advocates, advisors,
psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors,
speech language therapists, and attorneys. You'll also find government
programs, grassroots organizations, disability organizations, legal and
advocacy resources, special education schools, and parent support
Last revised: 02/24/15