IEP meetings in Missouri: what parents aren’t told

IEP students who have difficulty at public school who are often sent home, sent to in-school suspension (ISS), or out-of-school suspension (OSS) may not be in the right program, yet the public school doesn’t offer a “right” program. This predicament is addressed by Congress when Congress arranged for mediation between parents and schools.rsz_teen-reading

Often the regular IEP team doesn’t or won’t think beyond the routine in their building.  Serious matters require using a different approach to achieve reasonable outcomes for a student and mediation is where this can happen; mediation participants are not the usual IEP meeting attendees.

Schools may lead parents to believe that “due process” is the only option for the parent to pursue; this is not true.  A parent is being gracious to the district when participating in mediation rather than pursuing other avenues.

Don’t be bamboozled by the school!  Our advocates inform parents about what Congress has for parents to help your child.  Visit our website to set a phone consult;  theiepcenter.com

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 the problem.

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

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Missouri IEP meetings where parents hear double-talk

Parents now report school staff ask parents intimidating questions to redirect parents away from the topic of services that our children need. “Don’t you want your child to be independent?” is a common question parents are asked.

Within the last four years I have noticed the supports (paraprofessionals) that were a given for many students with inappropriate behaviors are no longer mentioned to parents. These districts are placing the overwhelming task on a classroom teacher of up to 30 students.  Unrealistic to all!rsz_asianteenmale-vert-199x300

Uninformed and inexperienced parents don’t realize their child is missing basic support services while at public school. This results in suspensions that are unnecessary and could usually be avoided.

Advocates at the IEP Center™ help parents with these civil rights’ concerns in public schools.

Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ advocates are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  We do not represent children or parents.  Contact an attorney.

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Help my child at school in Missouri

 

Parents call me describing how they have tried to get the public school to help their child for YEARS!  Usually they talk to staff at the school who brushes off the parent with comments like “he’ll grow out of it”, “wait and see”, or “we’ll test the kids in the spring”.  Then years pass and the student is so far behind and frustrated resulting in emotional and social issues becoming a problem. rsz_puzzlepiecewitheye-300x300

Parents who suspect a child is struggling at public school need to communicate it in writing or e-mail to the special ed director. As a result, many schools will then include the child in use of interventions.  If after a few weeks of intervention no progress is indicated, a parent should insist and request a comprehensive evaluation in all areas of suspected disability.  A reasonable person would believe that a school district would know to do these things without the parents insistence!

Some districts are difficult to work with, and make it difficult for parents to navigate.  That’s where the advocates at The IEP Center ™ can help. We help parents over the phone, and, often in one hour empower the parent!   Don’t let another semester go by with a child struggling needlessly;   Set a phone consult at   www.theiepcenter.com  Once there, click on the orange tab on the left.

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We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to mediation and IEP meetings with parents.  Go to our website to set a telephone consult.

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Cameras needed in MO Special Education Classrooms? 2016

Feb. 2016

Missouri’s House Bill 2419 would require cameras into public school classrooms where special education students attend.

Texas did this last year.SnipHB2419GIF

Let’s look at pros and cons.

Pros:

  1. Non-verbal students parent’s could better understand how a student acquired an injury
  2. Teachers and staff in the room wouldn’t be accused of hurting a student when the student’s injury was self-inflicted or caused by another student.
  3. Staff concerns voiced to administration over students who need more supports will be legitimized.
  4. Attacks by students onto other students will be recorded.
  5. Promotes the access to a safer environment for those who are the most vulnerable.
  6. Decreases potential liability of school district.
  7. Students and staff  would be less likely to be maltreated and bullied.

Cons:

  1. Costs to purchase and install.  I would hope local community groups and PTAs would consider contributing these to our local schools.  Perhaps DESE would implement a grant program. Perhaps donations by technology organizations.
  2. Maintenance.  Many districts currently maintain cameras operating on campus.

The bill may be viewed at:  http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB2419I.PDF

The status of the bill:  http://www.house.mo.gov/BillActions.aspx?bill=HB2419&year=2016&code=R

Locate your state representative telephone number here:  http://house.mo.gov/legislatorlookup.aspx