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.

Don’t be bamboozled!  Parents who are serious about their child’s education use advocates at The IEP Center.com

Parents who are serious about their child’s education use The IEP Center™ in public school district’s   throughout Missouri.

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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 force a public school to be accountable, and perhaps offer to make up for the losses.

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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School lockdown: parents can’t locate child Oak Park High School, Missouri

Oak Park High School in Kansas City, MO, on Monday had a  lockdown resulting in transport of entire school body to a nearby high school where the traffic made for gridlock.  Worried parents were not sure where there children were; especially those children who did not have or use a cell phone or device.

Parents of special needs students can rely on a tracking device especially for our children; it relies on GPS and cell service; the parent can watch live tracking on desktop, cell or other device.  Features include activating our designated set of “first responders”, and to receive notifications during or outside regular routes of travel.

This is amazing with my adult daughter; her staff drives her many places often not knowing exactly where they are.  I now know where they are!  I  get text messages as she goes from one point to another as well as watching on my device.  The emitting device is in a dark sleeve secured underneath  her wheelchair.   It can be secured to inside pockets, pant legs, backpacks, etc. Only the parent with the special swipe tool can disengaged the securing knobs (it’s easy).

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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.

©2017 Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™

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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.

 

Parent requests “blown off” in IEP meeting Missouri

In a March IEP meeting, the parent asked IEP team to re-evaluate the student; the   administrator present tells the parent the school will do the reevaluation in the fall since it’s so close to the end of the school year (teachers who were present did not comment).  Also, parent asked for more time in therapy to develop language/speech skills; parent was told that would not be possible since the schedule of the school would not have time.

These delays and refusals are typical and parents should expect the district to provide a documented response from the school.

It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.  We go to  school meetings with parents.AngelsenseRunnerJPEG

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.  Parents can have more control than they often realize!

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Consults are with a former Missouri due process hearing panel member, parent, certified teacher.

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

Contact an advocate here:

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.

©2017 Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™