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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Kids sent to Missouri state schools severly disabled

I’ve heard rumors that some school districts are dropping in-house “severe” disabled programs and sending those students to the “state school” in Missouri.
“State Schools” for the Severly Disabled in MO are state operated facility which operate day programs. It is its own “system”.
Local school districts complete paperwork, make a procolamation at an IEP meeting, and voila, the kid is railroaded into the area “state school”.
The state (DESE) has a protocol for accepting these students, however, the state folks don’t see the student. The state folks rely on the info sent to them from the school district.
This “railroading” has occurred for years.
Recently, strategies were discovered that can assist a parent in inhibiting this process, and, may prevent a student from being railroaded.
A parent will want a strong, experienced advocate to descrobe how other parents have accomplished this.
For some students the state school is an appropriate setting. Its a good idea to preview before considering any placement.