Empowering Missouri Parents Act SB 318 in 2023 legislature

This Act would allow parents (of all students) to access to public school curriculum, choice of educational options for the child. https://senate.mo.gov/23info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=44446

In the meantime, parents struggle in IEP meetings; for example:

Several educators surround the parent and present their plan for the child for the year, based on the school’s staff schedules and the number of other children who also need services.

The parent asks for additional time in a service area and is quickly told that wouldn’t fit with the schedule.  Parent expresses concern that the child is getting left behind.

This was another “rubber stamped” meeting where the educators worked to just get through and out of the meeting. As long as the parent is not assertive, the student will likely stagnate.

The March 2017 US Supreme Court decision was clear; children with IEPs are to have challenging objectives. https://sites.ed.gov › idea › files › qa-endrewcase-12-07-2017.pdf

Parents can take more control

Advocates at TheIEPCenter.com™ support parents solve schooling problems by providing information so a parent can effectively advocate for the child with special needs. Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent advocates. Advocacy can involve systems outside of the school district.   It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.  We go to  school meetings with parents.

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.

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