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January 20, 2015 at 5:00 AM

On the agenda: free conference to help parents speak up for kids

Whether it’s speaking up for kids in Olympia, challenging a district’s disciplinary policies or making sure a child with disabilities gets the right services, parents must sometimes tangle with bureaucrats.

The polite word for that is advocacy and parents who want to get better at it might check out a free, day-long conference on Jan. 24 at Highline Community College.  (Click here for the schedule.)

Workshops include:

  • “Legislative advocacy 101” and the 2015 state legislative session
  • An overview of school discipline policies
  • Tips for how to get quality special education services for your child. See here for preview.

The conference also includes workshops on early learning, higher education, charter schools, social emotional learning and advocacy/organizing from multicultural perspectives.

The  League of Education Voters, a nonprofit advocacy group which is sponsoring the conference, asks that participants register in advance.  See here for details.

The conference begins at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Building (Building 8) and childcare is available.

Parents may also want to check out governor’s “Office of the Education Ombuds,” which has a series of advocacy handbooks available online in English and Spanish that also cover discipline, special education and basic education rights.

Comments | Topics: parents, school funding, special education

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