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.


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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Parent-teacher conference is not an IEP meeting

Parents are asked to go to a meeting at the school for their child who has an IEP. The school has not provided any paperwork to the parent about the upcoming “meeting”.  Parents, hoping for the best, attend and participate.  Hopeful that these discussions will help the child  the parents rely on these discussions. 

The parent later receives paperwork indicating there will be an upcoming “IEP meeting”.  Parents attend, again hopeful.  Discussions include items discussed in the previous “non-IEP meeting” where the parents learn that some of the ideas were tried or not carried out.  Parents ask about the previous meeting only to learn that it was a “parent-teacher conference”. Decisions made in “parent-teacher conferences” do not get included into the IEP.

Parents of students with special needs’ must realize that the IEP meeting is the forum for “official” changes to a students education programming.