Care team watching my child struggle in public school in Missouri

rsz_writingstudent-vert-201x300tchronchalkboardPublic schools sometimes aren’t eager to serve our kids with special needs.  Sometimes parents are misled to think they have to follow the school’s decision when the school’s actions are not consistent with state regulations. For example, a student who struggled academically was  being monitored by school personnel called a “care team”. Some parents have been told the district doesn’t have a program for your child, then continuing to be monitored by this “care team” for over two years.

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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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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.  Often the teacher who supervises the paras are overwhelmed.  They may need a parent to request the extra help that is needed in the classroom.

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

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.

Contact an advocate here or in Missouri call 816 865 6262

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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 Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities.  We are not attorneys and do not give advice.  Consult an attorney.  We do not represent parents or children. Seek legal advice from an attorney.

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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Kids who struggle at public school might need IEP’s?

Some school districts have students who have disabilities yet these students are unidentified by the school as having a disability.The state of Missouri has data on the number of how many students  who have been identified as having a disability in each school district. The national average is about 13% of all public school students have a disability significant to the point that they can be identified as eligible for special education services.  School systems are slow to get these set up for our children who need it.  Delay by a parent to pursue this works against the child.

Check at this link for the Missouri data on your school district:

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http://mcds.dese.mo.gov/quickfacts/SitePages/DistrictInfo.aspx

If you haven’t been able to have the district test your student for eligibility for the individualized instruction that an IEP is suppose to provide, contact an advocate at TheIEPCenter.com

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Advocates at Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  Consult an attorney.

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