Lisa: My son, who is a fifth grader, was born with a congenital birth defect that included a small and webbed left hand (he is right-handed), tubes (he was deaf for the first 2 years),etc. He received services for physical, occupational (released years ago) and speech, of which he was released from his school speech path close to a month ago. We transferred him and his brother from one school to another at the beginning of the second semester this year as we moved to another county. On the second to the last day of my son’s school, I received a phone call from his teacher asking if we saw the letter in his backpack. She told me that it was a letter of retention. No meeting prior to discuss this and I know that the school must notify the parents at the end of the third nine weeks. They did not. At the meeting that WE initiated, the teacher (who was a special ed teacher first), the inclusion teacher and the math teacher concurred that he has not demonstrated mastery of what he needs to know for sixth grade. However, if this was the case, why wasn’t this addressed earlier? They wrote letters saying that they will NOT provide him mods or accommodations if he is promoted to sixth grade. He had an IEP though it was for speech. Does he not have rights or us?