Thursday, June 21, 2007 Update:

Insideschools update:

New York State proposes changes to special education law:

Advocates for Children, the parent organization of Insideschools, is urging parents of children with special needs to tell your state representatives that you want them to protect your rights. New York State is proposing changes to special education law that would include letting schools change your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) without a meeting and cutting the time period a parent has to file an impartial hearing in half .
To stop New York State from making it even harder for students with special needs to receive a free appropriate public education, send a letter opposing these changes by June 20. Advocates for Children will collect all letters and forward them to the state.
In addition, Advocates for Children encourages parents of general education students to support the rights of special education students and their parents. You can call your state representative and tell them that you want the state to protect parents' rights. Please see the summary of changes for more information.