Advocacy: EDUCATIONAL ADVOCATE / PARENT OF CHILD IN SCHOOL SYSTEM

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Elizabeth: Is there a conflict of interest if an educational advocate is advocating for students in a school system in which his/her child is a general education student or special education student?

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Elizabeth –

As someone who has worked as a parent advocate… I wouldn’t say it is a conflict of interest, but a matter of personal preference.

The majority of working advocates I know will not work in their child’s current district, but I do know a good amount that do. Those that do usually refrain from working with families who attend the school their child currently attends or will likely attend in the near future. I also find that it depends a lot on the personality of the parties involved (parents and school staff), the culture within the district, and he nature of the work the advocate will be doing.

Elizabeth: I found these posts on the blog that should help.

Advocating in Your Own School District – Pros and Cons

http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/advocating-in-your-own-school-district-pros-and-cons/

Pitfalls of Advocating in Your Own School District

http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/wp-admin/post.php?post=4332&action=edit

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