ERIC Number: ED473540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Communicating with Your Child's School through Letter Writing. A Parent's Guide. Second Edition.
Rebhorn, Theresa; Kupper, Lisa
Intended for parents of children with disabilities, this guide offers guidance for writing letters to the professionals involved in a child's special education. Basic information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) precedes a flow chart breakdown of the 10 steps in the special education process under IDEA. Suggestions for letter writing in general are then offered. The bulk of the guide consists of suggestions and sample letters covering various situations, such as when a parent wants to: (1) discuss a problem; (2) request an evaluation for special education services; (3) request an independent evaluation; (4) request a copy of the child's records; (5) request a meeting to review the child's Individualized Education Program; (6) request that the child's placement be changed; (7) request that the school give prior written notice; (8) request mediation; (9) inform the school of the intention to place the child in a private school at public expense; (10) request a due process hearing; (11) file a complaint with the state; (12) write a follow-up letter; and (13) give positive feedback. (DB)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Due Process, Elementary Secondary Education, Letters (Correspondence), Parent Participation, Parent Rights, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Student Rights, Writing Instruction
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY), P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013-1492. For full text: http://www.nichcy.com.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act