School advocate to Missouri parents IEP meeting

More and more I see parents of children with disabilities who have been bamboozled by the inflated egos of certain public school administrators.  It seems the status quo is what the system seeks for their student, although the parent assumes and expects that “specialized”  instruction is being provided to the “special” child.the-iep-center (800x640)

The first quarter of a school year has passed;  here’s some recent observations:

  • a second grade students’ mother learned the specialist who was suppose to meet quarterly with the girls’ teachers had not done so.
  • A first grader who was suppose to have someone assist him on/off the bus due to neurological problems supposedly had someone watching him from afar.
  • Another school district tells parents that their student gets “full direct supervision” in response to a parent requesting an aide for the student (what student in a public school doesn’t get “full direct supervision”?).
  • A dad indicates to a school that he wants his child to be “more independent”.  The school interprets this to mean less support from the paraprofessional; as a result the student lags further behind academically.
  • A district claims they use research-based curriculum for a specific group of children;  however,  the district cannot provide documentation that the  curriculum they purported being used was purchased by the district in years.

No longer can parents trust that their child’s needs are adequately addressed at the school; the system responds to parents who know what to ask and to whom/when to ask it.

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Think Twice Before Sharing Medical Records with the Public School

What you think might help you could hurt you.

Sharing medical recods about your child with the public school when pursuing eligibility for IDEA needs to be thoroughly examined.  A parent wants to convince the school people that the child has medical issues. However, since the public schools are an “educational system”, they don’t necessarily have to “recognize” incoming information from a different “system”.

Unknowing parents submit medical records to the public school that may work against the student.  The medical records may not contain wording that would make the student eligible in the “education system”.

Parents typically aren’t told accurate information  by the school what they must do to get the school to pursue eligibility for their child.  Many parents don’t know they can  request in writing to have the school evaluate their child for “eligibility for special education under IDEA/504”, and, taking it a step further, ask the school to arrange for a medical professional to evaluate for diagnostic purposes to determine if any qualifying condition under IDEA exists.

I am not an attorney;   this is not advice of any kind.