school suspension of special ed student in Missouri

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

Many districts 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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IEP meetings aren’t only way to get better schooling for IEP student in Missouri

Parents who struggle with the public school often get the “spin” from the building staff and don’t realize that often the power to take more control of the problem situation is outside the district.  Many entities exist that are ready to accept reports of public institutions that are not providing adequate access or appropriate programming.

Advocates at Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link dba TheIEPCenter.com™ support parents who have schooling problems by providing information so the parent can advocate for the child with special needs. Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent pursues action. Action can involve systems outside of the school district.   It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.  Our advocates are available to participate in school meetings after consult*.steeringwheeldashboardwoman2pics

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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Special Ed frustrations for parents in Missouri schools

Paraprofessionals:
Is a paraprofessional assisting your child in any way during the school day? Many times the para is the second adult in a classroom.


Many school districts instruct paraprofessionals to avoid conversation with parents, and, do not share with the paraprofessionals the relevant information on the IEP that would assist the paraprofessional from understanding goals for the child. Many districts do not allow paras to attend IEP meetings on school time.


What can a parent do?  Parents can directly share an IEP with the paras, set up email communications with teachers that cc: the para(s), and directly invite paras to IEP meetings. 
Paras often know more about our kids than the teachers who are often overwhelmed. 
Paras and teachers are greatly appreciated!

Child advocate for student rights in IEP school meetings

The special ed law (IDEA) regulations allows for a parent to take to IEP meetings whomever the parent may invite.

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Parents may have more control

Some parents take family members, some parents take case managers from other agencies.  Taking someone is better than taking no one.

However, who you take with you makes a difference.  In my experience, parents who took case managers from other agencies (systems) experienced the status quo from school district personnel. Parent’s don’t have to take a “fake” advocate.   After all, most case managers knowledge and experience with school districts is similar to how parents are treated regardless, and the school may routinely bamboozle them.  You and your case manager walk away from the IEP meeting assuming the meeting was productive which may not be reality.  School systems are very different from other public assistance/mental health systems.

The public education system in many states  is often filled with internal politics, hidden agendas, clicks and demagoguery.  Although Congress expects parents to pursue “individualizing” a program for our child, it may become one individual taking on an institution.  There are alternatives, allowed by Congress,  to multiple school meetings.

Our advocates are familiar with the tactics school districts use to keep parents at bay which  results in the child receiving a minimal “schooling” of our child.  Over the years many parents expressed to our advocates the parent was treated with respect and much differently than before.  Some of the most effective “buttons” a parent can “push” can occur outside or before an upcoming IEP meeting.

The IEP Center.com advocates are aware of strategies parents can trigger to work the system and not be bamboozled.  We are available to participate online or telephone with parents in  iep meetings, suspension hearings, manifestation-determination meetings and mediation*. 

Don’t be bamboozled!   Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center.com.  Parents who are serious about their child’s education use our advocates.

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