IEP meeting deception in Missouri schools

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Parents go to IEP meetings trusting the public school staff to do right by their child. However, many school districts often operate on the premise of providing services to a child that fits what already exists at the district, and disregard the unique needs’ of the child that the IDEA indicates a child with special needs’ is entitled. steeringmomhead-1 This hidden agenda may exist the entirety of the student’s educational experience.

Within the last ten years this advocate sees a decrease in the amount of support staff available to our children with IEPs who need it.  Paraprofessionals, especially, are often available to groups of children rather than for an individual child.  The overburdened paraprofessional quickly suffers burnout and our child’s needs go unaddressed.  A parent might hear in an IEP meeting that their child will have a paraprofessional; however, unknown to the parent is that the para serves four or five student simultaneously. Teachers are overwhelmed.

Some public schools continue to deceive parents that everything is fine at the school.  Those schools continue to do this because no one has called them to the carpet on it, or, parents don’t know how to  stop it. Parents have more control than we realize; many mechanisms outside of the school district are waiting to receive reports from parents of inappropriate public education scenarios of children with disabilities. the-iep-center

Advocates at the IEP Center give parents the information to help them acquire the services a child needs.  We recognize  tactics schools use to bamboozle parents.

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Help for IEP meeting or suspension re-entry meeting in Missouri public school

Some building principals insist NICHCYphotoWorried the parent travel up to the school for “meeting” before the IEP student is allowed to return to school following a suspension.  In many situations it is not clear if this is a formal district policy that mandates such a meeting nor what the agenda might be.  In my opinion, this is more of a way to torment the parent than to manage an IEP child’s behaviors.

Often parents don’t receive paperwork in a timely manner related to assigned suspensions thus the parent is unaware of the expectations surrounding the process.

Spring is the time of year when many students with disabilities are arbitrarily suspended, sometimes as long as ten days, since some districts believe that is allowable.  Students who have behaviors that may be worthy of suspensions need to have a behavior plan in the IEP document.  Behavior plans usually indicate appropriate management of the student’s behaviors.

Suspensions are serious matters and may be avoided with an appropriate behavior plan(s).

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Special Ed in Missouri: Move to a ” better” school district?

It can be overwhelming to move to a different district inbannerad01rolldice order to risk the chance to get a better education for our child.  Some parents go to this extreme.

But is this parent gambling?  Often, yes.  Hurdles may still exist.  Staff changes, school-board budgets emphasize varying priorities, and other variables exist.

This parent may have unknowingly allowed the former school district to make the schooling problem the parent’s problem.  School advocates are available to show the parentthe school’s problem and ways it can be effectively addressed.

Parents of student’s in Knob Noster school district, Harrisonville school district and Platte County School District used our advocate to learn about the system and make a difference for their child.

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©2018 Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ are  civil rights advocates. Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC advocates have special knowledge related to the problems of children with disabilities. We are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  We do not represent parents or children.  We are not licensed to practice law in any state. Consult an attorney.  Nothing in this blog is to be considered legal advice.

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school suspension of special ed student in Missouri

More parents are contacting me for help about out-of-school suspensions for students with behaviors related to the graphicschoolcontentbubbleedgovdisability.  The most frequent disability mentioned is “autism spectrum”.

Many district believe, in error, that these students can be suspended up to ten days on a whim.  Although state regulations allow for such consideration, it is not necessarily compliant with the district’s duty to provide a free education, nor how people with disabilities are to be treated by public entities. Yes, school boards have been known to make policy that is not consistent and state and federal law.

A strong advocate can make a huge difference in the relationship a parent has with a public school district.  Many parents have told me that the school now respects them and no longer manipulates them.  There are several approaches parents can use to take control!

Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.  Time is your enemy.

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities. We are civil rights advocates.   We are not attorneys and do not give advice. We are not licensed to practice law in any state. We do not represent anyone.  Consult an attorney.

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Fixing IEP problems at public school in Missouri?

Let’s examine what parents do to fix IEP problems. But is that really the issue that needs addressed? Perhaps it’s something more.

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Parents can have more control

Hypothetically, let’s say a child had needs/goals that went unaddressed or misaddressed for an entire school year, and as a result, the child now struggles more and has significantly regressed because of the public school’s failures.

Parents commonly pursue resolving this dilemma by:

  1. request another IEP meeting
  2. have meetings (not IEP meetings) with administrators
  3. call or take a friend to help
  4. call a case manager from a different system to go to a meeting

Did any of these help the child recover from the regression?

Other parents commonly pursue resolving this dilemma in these ways:

  1. contact a non-profit agency who trains parents
  2. contact a non-profit whose staffer or volunteer goes to an IEP meeting (sometimes waiting weeks to process into a system)

Did any of these help the child recover from the regression?

Congress has avenues in place for parents to pursue correction and regression.  There are ways to press a public school to be accountable, and perhaps offer to make up for the losses.

Don’t be bamboozled!  Begging in an IEP meeting often does not gain any ground…Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.  Time is your enemy.

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities. We are civil rights advocates.   We are not attorneys and do not give advice. We are not licensed to practice law in any state. We do not represent anyone.  Consult an attorney.

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We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to school meetings with parents.

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