Top 10 Special Education Articles in 2006
#1. Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate and Attorney
by Pete Wright and Pam Wright (Note: This has been the #1 article every year
#2. SMART IEPs (Chapter 12 in From Emotions to Advocacy)
#3 Who is Eligible for Protections Under Section 504 but Not Under IDEA?
#4. Functional Behavioral Assessments: What? Why? How? Who? by Stephen
#5. IDEA 2004: Specific Learning Disabilities: Discrepancy v. Response to
#6. Roadmap to IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know About IEPs & IEP
#7. How to Get Good IEP Goals and Objectives: A Tactics & Strategy Session
with Pete & Pam Wright
#8. A Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind by Sue Heath
#9. Art of Writing Letters by Pam Wright
#10. 10 Tips: How to Use IDEA 2004 and NCLB to Improve Your Child's Special
Education Program by Wayne Steedman
Top 10 Special Education Topics in 2006
#1. Section 504 & Discrimination
#2. IDEA 2004
#3. No Child Left Behind
#4. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
#5. Response to Intervention
#6. Behavior Problems and Discipline
#7. Autism, PDD, Asperger's Syndrome
#8. Special Education Caselaw
Topics, from A-Z: http://www.wrightslaw.com/topics.htm
4. Top 10 Cases in 2006
#1. Board of Ed. of Hendrick Hudson Central School Dist. v. Amy Rowley, 458
U.S. 176 (1982) - First decision in a special education case by the U. S.
Supreme Court; defined "free appropriate public education."
#2. Honig v. Doe, 484 U.S. 305 (1988) - Decision by U. S. Supreme Court in
discipline case on behalf of emotionally disturbed children who had academic
and social problems.
# 3. JP v. School Bd of Hanover County VA (U. S. District Court, VA 2006) -
Case on behalf of child with autism, ABA therapy, and reimbursement for a
private special education program; why public schools need to use objective
tests to measure a child's progress or regression, and why schools must
provide the services in children's IEPs.
# 4. Henrico County School Board v. R. T. (U. S. District Court, VA 2006) -
Tuition reimbursement case for young child with autism; comparison of
TEACCH and ABA; FAPE and least restrictive environment; deference to
decision of hearing officer; witness credibility; impact of low expectations
and "an insufficient focus on applying replicable research on proven methods
of teaching and learning."
# 5. Schaffer v. Weast, 546 U. S. __ (2005) - Supreme Court held that the
burden of proof in a due process hearing that challenges an IEP is placed upon
the party seeking relief.
# 6. Zachary Deal v. Hamilton County TN Board of Ed (6th Cir. 2004) - Wide-
ranging decision about standard of review, additional evidence, judicial notice,
procedural & substantive IDEA violations, FAPE, educational benefit,
predetermination of placement, failure to include regular ed
# 7. Florence Co. Sch Dist Four v. Shannon Carter, 510 U.S. 7, (1993) - If the
public school does not provide a child with an appropriate education and the
child receives an appropriate education in a private placement selected by the
parents, the parents are entitled to be reimbursed for the child's special
# 8. Reusch v. Fountain (MD) - One of the first cases about extended school
year services (ESY).
# 9. Cedar Rapids v. Garret F, 526 U.S. 66 (1999) - Favorable decision from
Supreme Court on behalf of child who needed nursing services to attend
# 10. Burlington Sch. Committee v. Mass. Bd. of Ed., 471 U. S. 359 (1985) -
Decision from Supreme Court clarifies procedural safeguards, parental role in
educational decision-making, tuition reimbursement, child's placement during
Special Education Caselaw: http://www.wrightslaw.com/caselaw.htm
Special Education Law Library: http://www.wrightslaw.com/law.htm