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In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find Wrightslaw Summer School 2017, Session 2. Summer School is a four week series of self-study readings, written assignments, and maybe even a quiz or two, that will help you prepare for the next school year. When you complete the series, you’ll get a certificate for a job well done! This week – parents must learn how to design accurate and up-to-date Present Levels. Learn why parent input is so important during this part of developing the IEP. Download the Present Levels Checklist.

Special Education Legal News

Breaking News! – On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court in Endrew v. Douglas County unanimously rejects the de minimis standard (read the Decision ) for one that is markedly more demanding than the ‘merely more than de minimis’ test applied by the 10th Circuit. In his opinion, Chief Justice Roberts says a student offered an educational program providing merely more than de minimis progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all.” Click here to see Pete’s discussion and analysis of the SCOTUS decision.

Breaking News! – On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision for child and parents in Fry v. Napoleon. On October 31, 2016 after Oral Argument, Pete met the Fry family. For our discussion about the case, click here.

**New!M.C. v. Antelope Valley Union School District . ** First Court of Appeals decision since the Supreme Court issued the decision in Endrew F. The M.C. v. Antelope Valley will be a Wrightslaw 2017 Case of the Year.

Judge Neil Gorsuch: Nominee for the Supreme Court by Pete Wright. Predicting that Judge Gorsuch would likely be the nominee, Pete looked at his record in special education cases.

OCR Section 504 Guidance The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance (re: discrimination, restraint and seclusion, charter schools) about interpreting and enforcing federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. Guidance clarifies the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn.

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Hot Topics in Special Education Law Advocacy

Guidance on FAPE – IEP Goals Must Be Aligned with Grade Level State Academic Content Standards **
If a child is performing below grade level, the child needs to receive specialized instruction; IEP team needs to develop annual goals to close the gap. (Policy Guidance from OSERS, 11/16/15)

Guidance Publication on Educating Students with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia The USDOE issued guidance about the need to address the unique educational needs of children with dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia and the legal requirements for ensuring that these students receive a high-quality education. Please make copies and share!

Cool Tool! IEP Pop-Up – IEP Pop-Up: Resolving Disputes teaches strategies to resolve disagreements, steps to take if you disagree, and options you have if unable to resolve your dispute.

* New to Wrightslaw? * In this short video, Pete Wright gives you a tour of Wrightslaw and shows you how to find answers to questions.

Sound Familiar? Charles wrote, All of this is new. I’m overwhelmed. Where do I start? In Game Plan for New Parents. we give you a checklist of what you need to do tomorrow, next week, next year.

Listen and Watch Pete’s video about the case AC v. Shelby County. In April 2013, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision about retaliation against a child with Type 1 diabetes. The case focused on false allegations of child abuse by the school principal.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Signed December 10, 2015 – (391 pages in PDF), click here to download

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.

2017 Institute of Special Education Law Advocacy (ISEA) July 30 – August 4, 2017. Registration is open.
Find conference details and download the application. Applications will be considered on rolling basis bi-monthly, from February 1, 2017-July 15, 2017. Highlights from ISEA 2016 .View the Slideshow – ISEA 2016 .

Books, Training Downloads, 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).

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: 978-1-892320-23-0, 200 pages) by Pete Wright, Pam Wright, and Melissa Farrall.

Wrightslaw Multimedia Training Programs – Understanding Your Childs Test Scores (1.5 hrs) and Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training (6.5 hrs).

Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2015 (ISBN: 978-1-892320-37-7, 104 pages) available in two formats, as an immediate PDF download. Print copy is available from Amazon.

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.

No 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 groups.

Last revised: 08/01/17





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