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  • 1 mka 07/23/14 at 2:54 pm

    KIDS WITH DISABILITIES DOING CUSTODIAL WORK AT SCHOOL

    My son’s school district has the special needs students perform janitorial services and menial tasks at the buildings under the guise of “vocational training” as early as 5th grade. I find this inappropriate, not be cause my son dislikes it, but because it is keeping the kids from things that are a better use of their time, and more importantly, creating an environment for the typical peers to see the kids with disabilities as “less than.” I have requested it be stopped, verbally and in writing. So far, the only thing I have succeeded in doing is having my son excluded, which will make him feel punished. Is there a section of the law that I can use to back up my push to get this stopped?

  • 2 THH 07/16/14 at 12:21 pm

    CONSEQUENCES FOR AVOIDING IEP MEETINGS

    Are there consequences (e.g. a finding of educational neglect) for a family that avoids IEP meetings by not showing up and/or routinely postponing IEP meetings?

  • 3 Adrian 07/16/14 at 1:45 am

    STUDENT SERVICES TO PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENTS

    My little boy (Age 4) is starting TK next year and for religious reasons my wife and I want him to attend parochial (private) school. The school district says they only provide 60 minutes of training per year to the private school, but nothing to the student. Is there a law that requires districts to provide student services to private school students?

  • 4 Wrightslaw 07/15/14 at 4:09 pm

    DYSLEXIA

    Wendy: Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that affects language. A child with dyslexia will have difficulty reading accurately and fluently. Spelling will be poor. Most children with dyslexia have weaknesses in phonological processing. Many also have weaknesses in rapid naming. Most standardized, norm-referenced tests that are used to test for learning disabilities are also used to evaluate children for dyslexia. But no test measures all reading skills. Different tests measure different skills. Turn to Chapter 6: Reading Assessments, in Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments for information about reading disabilities and how reading is assessed. You will find a list of reading skills and the tests that are used to measure these skills. Sample chapter is here.

  • 5 wendy 07/10/14 at 5:39 pm

    DYSLEXIA

    My daughter is in 5th grade and will enter 6th at 3 years behind.
    School states she has made progress (!?) So I requested all testing for reading that states this.
    Please tell me the name of tests school should have performed when screening for reading before third grade and name of test they should have used for an educational evaluation.

  • 6 NL 07/03/14 at 2:13 pm

    HOME ABA/BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION SERVICE – CHANGING AGENCIES

    Out of district child who will enter 6th grade receives school mandated hours of home Behavioral Intervention Services after school. The same company/agency has provided this less than stellar service until 2 years ago when a phenomenal therapist was assigned to child’s case under same agency having excellent results since then. Parents are notified a week before summer services start that therapist won’t be employed anymore and that child will be assigned other therapist who have worked with child in the past. Parents do not want a service who will do little for their child but don’t want to lose the hours of Behavioral Intervention Services that were given to child after a legal battle with school district. What resource do the parents have if they want to look for a different agency.

  • 7 David1 07/02/14 at 12:38 pm

    LEGAL DISCOVERY REQUESTS

    Can a school district legally request social media ID and PW as part of discovery?

  • 8 Chuck 07/01/14 at 11:35 am

    NEED SECTION 504 PLAN?

    No, if the child/person has a disability as defined by the Americans w/ Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • 9 Yvette 06/29/14 at 6:48 pm

    HOW CAN I AVOID RETENTION?

    My son just turned 15 and he was diagnos with adhd in pre-k. He was in special education until he tested out at age 8. He now have a 504 plan that only give him extra time on major tests like crct. He was retain in the 6th grade. He fail the crct in reading and math but wasn’t offer remediation because his last year scores wasn’t in a certain percentage they were looking for. The school only remediated students they thought could pass because they needed the numbers and the school haven’t met ayp in over 3 years.They now want to retain him again and I disagree because he pass on his report card. what can I do to keep them from retaining him a second time.

  • 10 Katey 06/28/14 at 7:05 pm

    NEED SECTION 504 PLAN?

    Does a child need a 504 plan to be protected by section 504?

  • 11 Sarah 06/26/14 at 9:47 pm

    IS FOLLOWING IEPs REQUIRED DURING ESY?

    Our school corp. provides a reading-focused summer school offered to both SPED and non SPED students who either haven’t passed or aren’t predicted to pass a high stakes test. Are they required to follow IEP/Behavior Plans during the summer school session? If they do not, does that help with ESY battle?

  • 12 Jeanine 06/26/14 at 8:07 pm

    KINDER FUNDING – DISQUALIFYING KIDS WITH IEPs

    Colorado only provides funding for 1/2 day kindergarten. Schools who can, provide the other part of the day at a cost-bigger ones might be able to fund it on their own. Our school district has just received a grant to fund full day kindergarten for those who qualify financially. They said that students on an IEP will not be eligible for grant. I believe this is discriminating against these students-if they qualify, they qualify and having an IEP shouldn’t disqualify you. Look forward to your answer.

  • 13 Mom 2 06/20/14 at 11:01 am

    USING CALCULATOR ON MAP TEST

    My childs IEP states that she can use a calculator, and has been taught Math on a calculator, you know the one that cost over $100.
    I have been so frustrated due to the fact that she was unable to use her calculator during the MAP test this year. Had she taken ISAT she would have been able to. I believe she could have done a lot better had she been able to use one. Does anyone know who I can contact about this, we would like our child to re-take the MAP this Fall, and do we have a leg to stand on with her using a calculator???/ Any advice or help would be much appreciated!

  • 14 Angelica 06/16/14 at 12:34 am

    DAUGHTER NEEDS SUMMER SCHOOL, HAS IEP, DISTRICT WILL NOT MODIFY IEP.

    My daughter was diagnosed by school IEP team as autistic, she has met her goals for most part but is far below the educational standard she should be at,she still cant erite her name correctly. She just ended her kindergarten year. Somehow NO was marked for summer school, my husband, myself, nor her teacher marked it. She desperately needs summer school, her teacher told me she needs it to go to the district to have her enrolled. The disrict told us they wont modify the IEP for her to go, is this legal?

  • 15 gina 06/10/14 at 8:51 pm

    DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR SUMMER SCHOOL?

    If a child who has a disability fails and has to take summer school, does the parents have to pay for the classes, or does the school ,since the school was out of compliance?

  • 16 Dana 06/08/14 at 8:51 am

    SOCIAL ISSUES IS SELF CONTAINED CLASSES

    My children, 9 and 10, are both in a self contained program in their school, that combines two grades in each class. Last year, my daughter was separated from her peers at lunch and recess, because she had to have lunch with the older class. She suffered socially because of this separation and exclusion of many social events. Next year, the school intends to combine my children’s classes- so the siblings will be together. My son has suffered socially because he is labeled with the other children in self contained that are more impaired than he is. I am pushing to mainstream him, so he can have more interaction with his peers. I was just advised that next year, the school intends to place both children in the same combined class. I am concerned for many reasons, mainly my son (younger) is not as challenged as my daughter- any help?