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Parent Advocacy at its Best!

10/26/09
by Wrightslaw

Is your school meeting all the needs of students with disabilities? Reading? Math? Graduation Rate?
Is your principal held accountable for all special ed failures as well as successes?

If you have the answers to these questions, you will also need an effective way to demonstrate the answers. A picture (or graph) can be worth a thousand words.

While beliefs and perceptions may not be expressed openly, they have an enormous impact on relations between parents and school personnel, administrators, and school board members, and influence how decisions are made for children with disabilities.

Watch the video. You will find an effective way to get your message to the decision makers and change perceptions. Parent advocacy at its best!

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  • 1 Nichol 04/08/11 at 10:48 am

    Wow! You have inspired me! I will be sharing this with my SEAC. Thanks!

  • 2 Wrightslaw 11/12/09 at 1:03 pm

    Janet: Every school and school district is required to publicly report student performance on state and district assessments. Data also has to be reported by student category (several categories including minority, English as 2nd language, disabilities, poverty, etc)

    You should be able to get this info from the school’s web site or the state department of education.

  • 3 Christine 11/10/09 at 2:15 am

    Thanks for sharing such a GREAT video that speaks to the hearts of parents of special education students!!

  • 4 janet 11/02/09 at 10:13 pm

    This is a wonderful video. However, sometimes parents cannot get the information from the district -or school. Or the cost under the freedom of information act becomes too great or problematic. I would be interested in learning how to get the information.

  • 5 David1 10/28/09 at 11:41 pm

    Good stuff !

    These graphs tell the story without making accusations about school staff members.

    I would like to see data that measures the percentage of the kids who do not graduate and were served in Special Education at some point. It seems that the majority of Special Education students “qualify out” of Special services during or before high school.

    This allows the child to be a mainstream statistic when they drop out of school and to be no reflection of the lack of needed educational services provided.

    Today in our schools, Special education students are being denied services.The State Department of Education issues annual report cards that can mislead parents moving into the area, into thinking that the good grade equals a quality education for ALL students.

  • 6 Chuck 10/28/09 at 11:51 am

    Great resource for other parent groups to use as an example and motivation. Thanks for sharing this.