My 8th grader is deaf, has dyslexia and a language delay. Her current center-based deaf ed program has a teacher of the deaf and peers who all communicate directly with her.
She feels safe, has friends, and is finally making progress. The school wants to “promote” her to high school. For stability, I think she should remain one more year at the center.
School says “absolutely not.” We do NOT retain…period. Our policy is to NOT hold students back…ever. Can I ask the IEP team to make this decision?
Short answer: Yes, the IEP team can – and is legally required to – design an educational program that is individualized and designed to meet your daughter’s unique needs.
This includes decisions about where your child will be educated = placement.
If the school district has a policy on retention, it needs to be flexible enough that the IEP team can design a program specifically for your child.
The IDEA requires IEP teams to make individualized decisions. [Read more →]