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  • Getting a Special Education Evaluation for Your Child

    Chapter 3 of "The Right to Special Education in Pennsylvania: A Guide for Parents and Advocates" handbook from the Education Law Center-Pennsylvania. This provides information on how to get your school district to do a Special Education Evaluation to determine the educational needs of your child. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • Getting Your Child an Independent Educational Evaluation

    Chapter 4 of "The Right to Special Education in Pennsylvania: A Guide for Parents and Advocates" handbook from the Education Law Center-Pennsylvania. This provides information on what an Independent Educational Evaluation is; when it is a good idea to get one; and how to proceed to get one. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • Special Education Evaluation

    Information from PBS Parents on Special Education Evaluations - what they are; why you need one; and why they are an important factor in getting a proper placement for your child. Content Detail

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    PBS Parents
  • Sample Letter Requesting an Initial Special Education Evaluation

    Appendix 2 of "The Right to Special Education in Pennsylvania: A Guide for Parents and Advocates" handbook from the Education Law Center-Pennsylvania. This provides a sample letter showing you what to include in a request for an evaluation. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • Sample Letter Requesting a Re-Evaluation

    Appendix 3 of "The Right to Special Education in Pennsylvania: A Guide for Parents and Advocates" handbook from the Education Law Center-Pennsylvania. This provides a sample letter showing you what to include in a request for re-evaluation of your child. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • Sample Letter for Requesting an Independent Evaluation of Your Child

    Appendix 4 of "The Right to Special Education in Pennsylvania: A Guide for Parents and Advocates" handbook from the Education Law Center - Pennsylvania. This sample letter shows you what to include in your request for an Independent Educational Evaluation of your child. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • The Right to Special Education in Pennsylvania: A Guide for Parents and Advocates

    This Guide from the Education Law Center - Pennsylvania is meant to help you – the parent – learn how the system designed to educate children with disabilities (called special education) works in Pennsylvania and how you can make it work for your child. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • IEP Facilitation

    IEP facilitation is a voluntary process that can be used when all parties to an IEP meeting agree that the presence of a neutral third party would help facilitate communication and the successful drafting of the student’s IEP. The Office for Dispute Resolution (Special Education) offers information on how the process works. Read More

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    Office for Dispute Resolution (Special Education)
  • Deciding Where Your Child Will Get Services: The Placement Decision

    Chapter 7 of "The Right to Special Education in Pennsylvania: A Guide for Parents and Advocates" handbook from the Education Law Center-Pennsylvania. This discusses how a decision is made as to your child's placement (where and how instruction will be delivered) after the IEP Team decides on an appropriate program of study for your child. Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • Educational Rights of Children with Special Needs

    Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Education Rights for Mentally Gifted Students

    Consumer Legal Information Pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Education Rights for Students with Disabilities

    Consumer Legal Information Pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Chapter 14 and IDEA: A comparison of Special Education Rights

    This is a SIDE-BY-SIDE QUICK REFERENCE from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (provided by Disability Rights Pennsylvania), comparing Chapter 14, Special Education Services and Programs (State Regulations) to Part 300, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (Federal Regulations).(September 19, 2008) [PDF] Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania
  • Special Education Timelines

    This booklet cites the special education timelines in accordance with the requirements of Pennsylvania law, Chapter 711 Charter School and Cyber Charter School Services and Programs for Children with Disabilities, Chapter 14 Special Education Services and Programs and Federal Regulations Part 300, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network
  • Education Law Center

    The Education Law Center is a non-profit legal advocacy and educational organization, dedicated to ensuring that all of Pennsylvania's children have access to a quality public education. Content Detail

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    Education Law Center - Pennsylvania