Dear colleagues,

If you attended and participated, thank you. If you have ideas to share, we’d love to hear of them.

If you did not attend, and would like more information about Procedures Lite (a voluntary process for parents and schools to develop IEP services without the procedures and meetings usually involved) and SpedEx (the use of an outside agreed-upon consultant to assist parties to assure that a child’s program will provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment–within 30 days! And, if the subsequent IEP is agreed upon, the consultant revisits the child in his agreed-upon program to assure that it is as planned and can provide a FAPE.  A very child-centered approach!  Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is funding this pilot.  For more information, please email to

Happy Special Education Day! December 2. 35 years ofthe IDEA and 6 years of Special Education Day!

About Miriam

Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, JD, MA—an expert in public education, focused on special education law— is a lawyer, author, speaker, consultant, and reformer. For more than 35 years, Miriam worked with educators, parents, policy makers, and citizens to translate complex legalese into plain English and focus on good practices for children. Now, she focuses her passion on reforming special education, with her new book, Special Education 2.0—Breaking Taboos to Build a NEW Education Law. Presentations include those at the AASA Conference, Orange County (CA), Boston College (MA), CADRE (OR), and the Fordham Institute (DC). Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Education Week, Education Next, Hoover Digest, The University of Chicago Law Review on line,, and The Atlantic Monthly on line.

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