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> Child/Education Advocates (serving SE Pa)

  1. Michele Ford
  2. Emily Ziehmer
  3. Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance
  4. Community Prevention Partnership
  5. COPAA.org member parent advocates in the area, in Pennsylvania, as well as attorneys practicing special education law.
  6. Join PEAC and receive assistance as a member.

Cal at the Fen, 2008Your School District Website
You should find all school-board adopted policies pertaining to all district enrolled students, including your child. Your focus can be particularly on policies about; discipline, visitation, requests for an IEE, conditions for accessing special activities (sports, Honors classes, Gifted Education etc) and audiotaping your IEP meeting. Any school policies should be uniformly applied to all 'similarly situated students' and may not 'trump' federal or state laws. You should also find the school's public document declaring the Education Plan they offer, a document that is required by the Pa Dept of Ed.

If your child attends a private, non-public or for-profit charter school, those school systems are also required to have established certain policies as well, that also must be uniformly applied.

You should be familiar with them.

> Understand Indicators of a Quality Education Opportunity

Good Schools PA offers an excel or pdf spreadsheet of spending by school district and other information. Find out for example, how your district's per student spending compares to surrounding districts, and the state average. Join their e-list and see what they are doing to equalize special ed funding in Pa. (2010).

Safe Schools. Compare data on incidents, suspensions, expulsions and detentions for your school district over time, by age, grade and exceptionality. Studies have shown that children with disabilities are disproportionately receiving more discipline than their non-disabled peers.

> Learn More about Special Education Law

This comprehensive site is written in plain language about special education issues. For instance, In special ed law you will run across many words and phrases that are often defined by the person using them, but mean something else, or mean something differently to your child. For example; appropriate. great progress. least restrictive. comprehensive. independent. challenging. disability. Attorney Pete Wright offers you a lawyer's perspective on what special ed law (and its 'words') can mean to your child. Read, read, read.

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