How to draft comments on the proposed IDEA regs
- The regulations haven't been released yet but we need to get ready.
Many parents have never drafted reg comments and these specific
recommendations provded by Pete Wright at www.wrighslaw.com really
Thanks to Pete for sharing these with OCLB!
This is the time for all of us to write clear specific proposed
changes to a reg and to also present our proposals in person at the
public hearings. I suggest the following:
Subject line is simply the regulation #, such as:
SUBJECT: 34 CFR 333
(Justesen assured everyone that they would be reading all comments
and carefully going thru them. Have one email or letter per reg, do
not combine several comments re different regs in one email or
BODY OF EMAIL:
Proposed regulation in NPRM
The second sentence of proposed regulation 34 CFR 333 states as
"May all dog and pony shows join forces at IEP intimidation meetings
to . . . "
My proposed change to regulation
I propose that the wording of the proposed regulation be changed as
"May all dog and pony animal shows join forces at IEP parent
harassment intimidation meetings to . . . "
IEP meetings are more than just dog and pony shows and have far more
depth and breadth. Thus I propose deletion of the words, "dog and
pony" and insert the word "animal" instead. The IEP "intimidation"
meetings are more accurately characterized as "parent harassment"
meetings. Thus, to reflect the true nature and character of the
meetings, I propose that the word "intimidation" be deleted and
insert the words "parent harassment" in its place.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide this comment.
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You will want to strike thru the proposed words to be deleted and
insert your new words in bold italic. Provide that actual language,
word for word. Don't make the readers guess at what you meant or try
to read your mind. Tell them exactly how you want it revised. Then,
very briefly, provide your logic.
Use lots of carrier returns, no long paragraphs, ever.
With Outlook Express, after opening new mail to send, click on
Format, Rich Text (HTML) rather than plain text.
I am not aware of any way to insert a strike thru of a word using
Outlook Express, but if you use Microsoft Word and compose your
email message, you can select the word to strike thru, click on
Format, Font, Effects, Strikethrough and it is done. Bolding and
italicizing the newly inserted words is to simply select the word
(s), then "Control I" and "Control B" or use the icons at the top of
the screen. Then simply copy your MS Word text into your outgoing
email and, since you have Formatting turned on, it will retain the
strikethru's, bolds and italics.
We are in the home stretch now re IDEA 2004 and all of the energy
expended keeping the original House version out needs to be