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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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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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.