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“Can a child have an IEP for speech and a 504 for academic interventions?” There is nothing in the law that says a child with a disability should have an IEP for some needs and a 504 plan for others. It’s confusing, it’s more work, and it’s unnecessary. A school that does not understand the […]

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When you have a disagreement between the teachers and the school psychologist about whether a child qualifies for services, you must consider the real question that needs to be answered. “Does the child have a disability that adversely affects educational performance?” If the answer to the question is “yes,” then the child is eligible under […]

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VA Parents: Remind Governor Kaine that parents aren’t asking for more or new rights but only that existing rights and protections not be taken away. Please ask the Governor to return the regulations back to VDOE and to reinstate all current rights and protections that have been eliminated from the regs. “Ask the Governor” Today, […]

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In July, US DOE reported that only thirteen states met their own “self-imposed” requirements for educating children with disabilities. Not very promising, but a slight improvement from 2007 when only nine states met their requirements. IDEA 2004 established a requirement that all states develop and submit a State Performance Plan (SPP) to the U.S. Department […]

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Thanks to your support of the Wrightslaw Way we are developing creative solutions to problems by getting advice and information from others. Here’s our new page – Community Helpline: Ask or Answer a Question Here You’ll find it on the sidebar under Helpful Information. If you would like to ask the Community a question, or […]

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My son is three. He is very aggressive. He is not cognitively delayed, seems bright, knows his alphabet, can count, is learning to recognize letters and numbers by sight. He does fine with the school curriculum, learns the songs, participates in conversations with his classmates, is attentive during circle time. We are considering placing him […]

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A special education teacher asked a question about a student’s right to confidentiality after being disciplined by the school. It is a good example of how changing the facts in a particular situation can give you a clearer perspective on the issue. “…a child with disabilities was a victim of bullies. How much is too […]

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I want to ask for an IEP meeting at my daughter’s school. I don’t want to be put off like I have been in the past. If a parent requests an IEP meeting, does the meeting have to be held within 10 days. Is this correct? I could not find a reference [...] Go to […]

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If a parent won’t sign an IEP, does the school system have the right and ability to sue the parent on behalf of the student? In the eyes of the system, the student would not be receiving FAPE. Does the judge ever go against the wishes of a parent? Yes, this does happen. It’s often […]

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We receive many questions about violations of IDEA. The children’s names and dates of birth change but their stories are similar.  The child shows clear signs of a disability. The school may have an evaluation showing the child has a disability – a learning disability, ADHD, anxiety disorder, or another disability. The school district fails […]

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It appears I’ve offended some teachers by the post and comments on “Fifth grader is reading at 2.7 grade level. Should he be tested for Special Ed?”

Before clarifying the purpose of that article, I have a question for you: If your child was in 5th grade and reading on the 2.7 grade level, wouldn’t you be alarmed? Wouldn’t you want a research based reading program that has a proven record of success before your child falls even further behind?

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Here’s a follow up to the “Blind Trust” post from last week (10/11/08). The San Jose Office of the Independent Police Auditor (August 2008) published A Students’ Guide to Police Practices. Thanks to a heads up on October 7 from the “I Speak of Dreams” blog and a recommendation for the updated version of this […]

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The live debate tonight is being exclusively Webcast by edweek.org with generous support from NASSP. Live from Teachers College, Columbia University: “Education and the Next President,” a debate between Linda Darling-Hammond, education adviser to Democratic nominee Barack Obama, and Lisa Graham Keegan, education adviser to Republican nominee John McCain. Register now to watch the live […]

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It’s another busy month for Wrightslaw. Special Education Law and Advocacy trainings coming to New York, Maryland, and West Virginia. Sign up today. Visit our schedule page for a full listing of Wrightslaw conferences through 2010! Go to Source

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What can a juvenile do if a juvenile court judge operates on “blind trust” with regard to the school system? Doesn’t the court have to be told the student has an IEP? Shouldn’t the judge be required to have complete school records? The school labeled the student “disruptive” and “defiant” for . . . . […]

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