Law & Courts

It’s All Wright

By Christina A. Samuels — May 08, 2008 1 min read
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It might be risky to draw attention to another special education blog, but I can’t ignore the recent launch of Wrightslaw Blog.

Wrightslaw has been a reliable source of information for me since I started covering special education four years ago, when I didn’t know IDEA from FAPE. The perspective is that of a parent advocate, which Peter Wright has been for decades. In 1993, he represented the parents in a Supreme Court case, Florence County v. Shannon Carter, in which the court unanimously held that parents can be reimbursed by a school district for tuition when they place their children in private schools, even if the private school is not previously approved by the district.

I’ve used Wrightslaw as a handy source for documentation in special education cases. I also appreciate his measured advice to parents; his website advises parents to know the law, stay polite and professional, and get everything possible in writing. Not a bad set of suggestions.

A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.