Lunchroom supervision of special ed kids in Missouri

School districts are informing parents of students with IEPs how paraprofessional, classroom aide, and program(s) are to be dropped or rearranged. Parents may be told this and not question the “administrative decision” the district is announcing.  Don’t be bamboozled! rsz_teen-reading

Changes to how a student is receiving services from a school district may alter the extent of learning the child receives.  It may lessen or aggravate the ability of the student to benefit from schooling.  Did you child’s needs change enough to the extent he no longer needs this support?  Parents can ask for an evaluation to see.

Some districts have told parents that many paraprofessionals will not be offered.  Some district have told parents that their student will now have a para available while the para serves a classroom full of students simultaneously.  Check the wording on your child’s IEP; “under adult supervision” is one way parents are misled. Does the IEP indicate a specific ratio?  the-iep-centerAsk who is assisting your child while the para is at lunch, on a restroom break or out for the day.

There are avenues to pursue to address this; it may be most effective if a parent pursues correction before the change takes place.

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Missouri IEPs: What is SB 365?

Here’s my paraphrased version of SB 365:

For IDEA (special ed) student:

  1. when a parent requests an evaluation the district can perform the eval as often as every two years or more often.
  1. School district lawyers not allowed to be present in evaluations of the child or in meetings about IEPs. If it happens, that law firm not allowed to represent school about that student.
  1. When a school makes a decision about an eval or IEP of an IDEA child and that matter goes to hearing or court, the district must show that the district was consistent with IDEA in pursuing the matter.
  1. If mediator determines district didn’t mediate in good faith, school district receives a default judgment in any legal proceeding on same subject; then IEP developed by a third party evaluator paid by district.

 

  1. A local school board can’t hire law firm who has business ties with local school board members or school district employees for the purpose of litigating a school district’s decision about a child’s eval or IEP.

 

  1. District can’t have policy that does not allow parents to record conversation or proceeding.

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http://www.senate.mo.gov/15info/comm/educ.htm

Sen Pearce Chair, Education Committee

201 W Capitol Ave Room 227

JC MO 65101    573 751 2272

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Who goes to IEP meeting with parent in Missouri?

A parent can take to IEP meetings whomever the parent may invite according to special ed  (IDEA) regulations.NICHCYcongress2

Some parents take family members, some parents take case managers from other agencies.  Taking someone is better than taking nobody.

However, who you take with you makes a difference.  In my experience, parents who took case managers from other agencies experienced the status quo from school district personnel.  After all, most case managers knowledge and experience with school districts is similar to how parents are treated regardless, and the school may know how to bamboozle them.  You and your case manager walk away from the IEP meeting assuming the meeting was productive which may not be reality.the-iep-center

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.

The IEP Center advocates are aware of information parents can use to work the system and not be bamboozled. Has your advocate every successfully participated in a special ed “mediation”? We have!

Don’t be bamboozled!   Parents who are serious about their child’s schooling and tired of being bamboozled use advocates at The IEP Center.  Parents who are serious about their child’s education use The IEP Center in Liberty, Park Hill, North Kansas City and Blue Springs school meetings. Visit the website to set up a consult.

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Too much shared in IEP meeting?

Sometimes sharing less information with the school district is more beneficial for the student and parent.  The district may be less likely to manipulate parents who are strongly advocating for their child when the district doesn’t know a parents financial situation.  After all, parents who might have extensive resources available might be in a better position to pursue challenges with the district. While on the other hand, a parent who exposes their lack of resources may lose any “edge” in positioning.

For example, when FAPE is at issue, a parent may trigger a unlilateral placement at a private facility* when the parent disagrees with the public school FAPE offer. Typically the parent must pay the tuition at the private facility until a hearing officer decides otherwise.  Poor parents don’t have the luxury to trigger this option; that is, the ability to temporarily pay private tuition.  As a result, the child of the poor parent languishes in an inappropriate program.

When IEP meetings seem fruitless; parents might consider mediation.  It’s not like an IEP meeting.  A mediator from the state facilitates the session and often an agreement is reached. Advocates from The IEP Center help parents prepare for mediation and can go to the session as well.

*there are many stipulations to this; read IDEA!

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Special Education Missouri: Futility for parents?

So you know the public school is not treating your child appropriately and the staff continues with the same approach, disregarding your requests for help.  What do you  do? rsz_look1-vert-246x300

Although many options are available, many parents are misled into pursuing “due process” as the first choice.  Unknowingly, many loopholes exist in pursuit of “due process” and it may seem that this process controls the parent.  There are other options for parents.

The “Monday morning quarterback” would comment  “if I had only nipped problems in the bud when they were smaller” the problems at the school wouldn’t have become so large.

Some public school districts give the impression that they won’t do for the child what he really needs until the parent forces the issue to a level higher to outside the school district.  From a parent perspective, it seems the parent has to deal with ongoing futility for long periods of time.

The IEP Center.com advocates helps parents deal with the public school for our kids with learning disabilities, autism, aspergers, cognitive deficits, cerebral palsy.  Advocates are available with extensive experience helping parents deal with public schools.  Get serious about your child’s schooling.

Parents in Missouri who need help dealing with the public school for their child with an IEP can consult with a professional special education advocate at The IEP Center.   Advocates also help parents when the parent wants an advocate to go to a meeting at the school with them!  Never go alone.

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Missouri IEP meeting: student need not attend

Parents do not have to have the IEP student present in IEP meetings unless the student is age 18.  However students are expected to participate at age 16 to prepare for transition to adulthood.

Carefully ponder if the student needs to be in the meeting.  This can be a disheartening experience for a student who struggles in school, and who has not been understood by school staff. Sometimes such student will inadvertently undermine the efforts of the parent in the IEP meeting.

Advocates at the iep center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.  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.

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Beware of homebound offer for an IEP student

Some students who are eligible for special education services and have IEPs have behaviors that may be considered by some as violent.  These students are often a challenge for a school district to provide the appropriate program.

A parent may be told the student is so violent that the school district cannot educate the student and homebound is mentioned.  Left out of this conversation could be that the school needs to find a program that is rsz_dropoutdictionaryappropriate for this child and place and transport the child there.  Many outside programs exist for students with extreme needs.

Such “Outside placement” can be costly for the school district.  Perhaps that’s why it isn’t mentioned to parents?

More school districts continue to mention homebound as a way to force the parent to “take it or leave it” when the district wants the student to fit into their system and not provide accommodations/modifications.  Uninformed parents get trampled; some lose jobs and marriages over this scenario.  After all, homebound is often provided at public libraries for only a few hours each week–nothing compared to a full school week.

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