Parents go to IEP meetings trusting the public school staff to do right by their child. However, many school districts often operate on the premise of providing services to a child that fits what already exists at the district, and disregard the unique needs’ of the child that the IDEA indicates a child with special needs’ is entitled. This hidden agenda may exist the entirety of the student’s educational experience.
Within the last ten years this advocate sees a decrease in the amount of support staff available to our children with IEPs who need it. Paraprofessionals, especially, are often available to groups of children rather than for an individual child. The overburdened paraprofessional quickly suffers burnout and our child’s needs go unaddressed. A parent might hear in an IEP meeting that their child will have a paraprofessional; however, unknown to the parent is that the para serves four or five student simultaneously. Teachers are overwhelmed.
Some public schools continue to deceive parents that everything is fine at the school. Those schools continue to do this because no one has called them to the carpet on it, or, parents don’t know how to stop it. Parents have more control than we realize; many mechanisms outside of the school district are waiting to receive reports from parents of inappropriate public education scenarios of children with disabilities.
Advocates at the IEP Center give parents the information to help them acquire the services a child needs. We recognize tactics schools use to bamboozle parents. We are available to participate in IEP meeting when invited by the parent*.
Don’t be bamboozled! Parents who are serious about their child’s education use advocates at The IEP Center.com
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