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  • Extra Curricular: ACCOMMODATIONS ONLY FOR SCHOOL SPONSORED EXTRACURRICULAR CLUBS?

    08/29/2016

    LC: I believe our district is trying to get away with not providing accommodations for an after school club sponsored by the PTA. They say that they only provide accommodations for school sponsored events. Is the PTA really not considered school sp

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  • Services: HOURS OF SPED CLASSROOM SUPPORT PER IEP?

    08/29/2016

    Susan: How is support time measured? If a child's IEP states they will receive classroom support for 30 minutes in reading and 30 minutes in math each day, and there are 5 other SPED students in the class that the SPED teacher is helping, how is the IEP being met? The SPED teacher is only in the classroom for 30 minutes for each subject but she is helping a total of 6 students. Is the school meeting the requirements of

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  • Manifestation Determination: SECTION 504 MANIFESTATION DETERMINATION MEETING

    08/29/2016

    Mary: My son has a 504 and has been suspended from school. The school held a manifestation determination meeting, and determined that his disability was not related to the reason for his suspension. I was never notified of this meeting. Now the school is not willing to provide him with a free and appropriate education. Is thi

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  • IEP Revision: SCHOOL SAYS LAW REQUIRES SIX WEEKS BEFORE AMENDING IEP

    08/29/2016

    Frances:  My child has an educational diagnosis of YCDD. In his early childhood setting, he was in a small class of 6 students and 2 teachers. He transitioned to Kindergarten this August and was placed in a class of 24 students. He receives more than 80% of his instruction in the general education setting and is pulled out for resources for about 40 minutes daily. He is constantly eloping from the classroom and I am very concerned for his safety. I have requested that he be placed in a smaller setting, but the IEP team is telling me that they need 6 weeks of data before doing an amendment. They said federal law prevents them from changing his IEP without sufficient data. Is th

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  • Section 504: DEFINITION OF A NOTE TAKER

    08/29/2016

    Valerie:  What is the definition of a notetaker for a 504/IEP? Need to know what I should ask for for a 504

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  • Discipline: DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES

    08/29/2016

    Shellia:  Does my child have to be on medication to meet the guidelines for a child with a mental disability? He is odd , add and bipolar 1. I was told unless he's medicated he doesn't meet guidelines for kids with disabilities even though he is in a special class, has a medical diagnose since age 3 and has

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  • Consent: PUT IN ESE SCHOOL WITHOUT PARENT CONSENT

    08/29/2016

    Zoe:  My 3-year-old son was just placed in a special ed school without my consent. He has an IEP for speech, and a few weeks ago, the team met for the first time. We decided to put him in the AM/PM program, which is a half-day program in a special ed school. After that he would go back to his regular daycare / preschool for the rest of the day. The only problem was transportation from the one program to the other. It says on his IEP that he was to be in a regular classroom 40% of the time. The day after the IEP, the speech pathologist and my ex's mother (my son's grandmother - also principal of this special ed school) decided to enroll him in a special ed school for the entire day. What I am mad about is

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  • Evaluations: CAN THE SPED DEPARTMENT REFUSE TO TEST?

    08/26/2016

    Jessica:  Can the special education department refuse to test a student that the campus referred because there is not sufficient RTI data, even though the school has provided interventions to the student such as tutoring, support services through 504, behavior pla

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  • Charter Schools: NO AIR CONDITIONING AND A LEAKING CEILING IN MY CHILDREN’S CLASSROOM

    08/26/2016

    Debbie: I live in Florida and my children attend a charter school. Our children started class on August 10 and since that day, they have not had air conditioning in several of the classrooms. We have had record high temperatures and the average classroom temperature inside is between 87 and 88 degrees. I and several other parents have contacted the principal (who only has so much authority) when the problem still was not fixed. I contacted the head of the Charter School, who said the problems would be resolved. In addition to that, my daughter math classroom has a leak where the teacher uses a garbage pail to collect the rain. As you know, it rains an awful lot in Florida. This has been going on for almost 2 years. There are email trails, stating the parents concerns. We have several 'campuses'

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  • Evaluations: SCHOOL FAILS TO COMPLETE REQUESTED EVAL FOR MUSIC THERAPY

    08/26/2016

    MJ:  In the spring I had requested our school district to complete a music therapy evaluation for our son. They have not completed this process and the number of days they had stated by the law. What info can I use in my follow up email to state the law and let them know I am not going to let

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  • IEPs: IS TEACHER LEGALLY REQUIRED TO SIGN IEP

    08/26/2016

    Suzie:  If a teacher disagrees with IEP placement (or lack thereof), is she/he legally required to

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  • IEPs: IEPs FOR CURRENT AND UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR

    08/26/2016

    anwar:  Do you have to write an IEP for the current and upcoming school year?I've always been told that you write an iep for the current and upcoming school year. Example :From Annual ARD to Annual ARD when presented with........ Upcoming School year: On the onset of the 2016-2017 school year when presented wi

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  • OT: HOW DO I REPLACE BAD THERAPIST?

    08/26/2016

    Leslie:  We have an IEP and we have Occupational Therapy services defined. The single therapist the school uses is incompetent and often does not show up. How can I get her removed/replaced? The special education director is satisfied with her so the school will not consider removing her at this point. Can I take those funds and take him to another OT myself since county is so small? I a

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  • Gifted: LEFT OUT OF GIFTED CLASSES

    08/26/2016

    LeAnn:  My son has been in gifted classes since 2nd grade. At the end of 5th grade and EP was created for the transition to middle school. the EP specifically stated he would go into gifted classes. Last week school started and he was not placed in gifted. the excuse given was my child did not have FSA scores which were used as a secondary filter since there were more gifted children than seats. This means my gifted child has been mainstreamed and not receiving the education he deserves and and is entitled to. The school and county admin has basically told me too bad for you...maybe next year. I can not afford an attorney to fight this.What other options do

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  • Interpreters: INTERPRETERS FOR LEP PARENTS

    08/26/2016

    Deedee: I work with families who are Limited English Proficient, and need interpreters for their IEP meetings. The quality of these interpreters widely varies. The Civil Rights act prohibits discrimination based on country of origin, and Executive Order 13166 clarifies it to include people whose language is not English, and requires they have "meaningful" access to information. My question is, is there a law, or guidance that speaks directly to Interpreters for LEP individuals so that I may better advocate for the use of quality interpreters and tran

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  • Dyslexia: TEACHER SAYS RTI, NO IEP FOR DYSLEXIA

    08/26/2016

    Jess:  Hi, my son is starting the 5th grade and was diagnosed with dyslexia over the summer. I went to the school and gave the title 1 teacher all the info. She said she didn't think he would get a IEP and that he would get an RTI. He has been on an RTI for at least 3 years already shouldn't they give him something different now that we had a paper work stating he has d

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  • Placement: DEFINITION – IS SCHOOL COVERING UP UNILATERAL DECISION?

    08/26/2016

    T.W.:  Hi, My 12 year old daughter just started 6th grade. She has an IEP and was given a schedule that required all kids with IEP's to have Academic Success (Resource) and then general ed classes for everything else. She is dyslexic and nearly 3 grade levels behind in reading (if you don't include the fact she was held back a year in Kindergarten which would make it 4 yrs behind). She did not meet her IEP goals, did not meet requirements for CAASPP testing, Assessments and classwork all show she is failing from lack of FAPE last year. With that said, her new Resource teacher at middle school has decided to change 1/2 the classes (all LD) students schedules to have different class schedules. She refuses to state why. I am arguing that if there is a problem with daughter's current

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  • Compensatory Ed: COMPENSATORY SERVICES DURING SCHOOL HOURS

    08/25/2016

    Cher:  My son received partial compensatory services over summer at a LMB center. Now that school has started we would like to continue those services. Can I pull my son out of school early or bring him in late to complete his compensatory services ? The school is against anything other than a full school day. He made a lot of gains in the LMB program and we would like to see the program continue at least 2-3 hours a day. Are there other options available under the law? Can we ask for 2 or more weeks of independent study or are we limited to only before/after school hours? Can we ask for online/ independent study courses for the subjects he would miss while completing his compensatory services if he went to school late or left early? Can the school deny him

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  • Special Ed: HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION RIGHTS

    08/25/2016

    Elva:  Im so confused. My daughter just started high school and I'm just baffled by what is going on. She has not gotten any homework in almost 3 weeks and when we asked they said she should just read at home. She mentioned that she is bored and that they don't do anything. Im worried and I don't really understand how the special education program differs from middle school. What about Diploma and Certificate dif

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  • Paraprofessionals: PARA EDUCATOR PROVIDING MATH INTERVENTION

    08/25/2016

    Debbie:  Can a para provide pull out support/instruction independently? The law states they need direct supervision- does that mean Sped teacher has to be physically in the class or overseeing the lessons and curriculum bei

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  • Related Services: TEACHER PENALIZING STUDENT FOR PULL-OUT SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

    08/25/2016

    Cat:  I'm an SLP who recently began working in the state of California. I'm working in a junior high school. I have several students who receive curriculum support, but spend the majority of their day in regular education classes. I was told not to pull these student from their curriculum support because their special education minutes are written into the IEP. I've been trying to pull the majority of my students from their electives (most of my students receive speech therapy 1x per week and they have their elective every day). Today I pulled a student from his elective and his teacher stated loudly in front of the class that he would be penalized for missing class, unable to make-up the work, and that his grade would suffer. I tried to explain that his speech therapy time was mandated in his IEP

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  • Tutoring: OUTSIDE TUTOR NOT ALLOWED IN SCHOOL

    08/24/2016

    Natasha:  Does anyone have an outside tutor come to your child's school to provide Barton (or any other method) of tutoring during the school day at the parents expense? Our school/school board is refusing to let this happen even when they acknowledge they have no one trained to fidelity to provide services at the

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  • Special Ed: REFUSE TO SERVE A SPECIAL ED STUDENT?

    08/24/2016

    Jen:  As a sped teacher I have a self contained class for students with moderate disabilities. The parent of a child with significant multiple disabilities refused the district placement in an MD program and wants her at the home school. My supervisor says she has the right to be served here. I can't meet this child's needs in my class, I don't have the resources or staff. Do I have any rights

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  • Retention: SCHOOL DENIED REQUEST FOR RETENTION. WHY WAIT?

    08/23/2016

    Lisa:  I have a 10 yo son doing into fifth grade, however upon my request of retaining him I was denied. He "passed" 4th grade w/ 3 C's, 2 D's and 1 F. He struggled the whole 4th grade. My question is why do schools wait until a child is failing for retention to be considered? Why are the parents that see them struggle not allowed to request a retention? My son passed all the state required proficiency tests in the very low side of average and below average in some. And my son is requesting retention himself, soooo fru

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  • Nursing Services: CAN ARD DISREGARD DOCTOR’S ORDER FOR NURSE AT ALL TIMES?

    08/23/2016

    Sharon: Can school ARD committee disregard a doctor's order and then the school nurse delegate tasks to UAP after doctor states in writing that son needs a nurse with him at all times due to medical compl

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  • LRE: SCHOOL CHANGES PLACEMENT AFTER ARD AGREEMENT

    08/23/2016

    Barbara: I have a child that is a senior and only needs 2 credits to graduate. I have put her in a classroom where she is doing her classes online with one teacher, in the behavior unit. she has lunch with her peers and has eighth period athletics. The school wants to take her out of this environment and put her into classes. Why I can't have her where we have her now? She suffers with anxiety and she has acted out before. could this not be my choice since I do know what is in the best interest of my child and her education? We had an ARD earlier this month where we all had agreed that she would do her classes with this one teacher and take her classes online. I don't know why they are so adamant about having

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  • Transportation: SCHOOL REFUSES IEP TRANSPORTATION TO AFTER-SCHOOL CARE PROVIDER

    08/23/2016

    Stella:  My son is completely blind and has curb to curb transportation in his IEP. I have requested that he be dropped off at his after-school care provider's house every day as I work an hour away. The school district has denied that request and says curb to curb service only applies to the child's home address. It may be important to note that 4 years ago they did, in fact, drop him at the same location

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  • Special Ed: IS EVERY CHILD WITH AN IEP “SPECIAL ED”?

    08/23/2016

    Dorothy: Is every child with an IEP considered a "Special Education"

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  • Class Ratios: TEACHER TO STUDENT RATIOS IN SPECIAL ED CLASSROOMS

    08/23/2016

    Catherine:  Our high school just reduced the number of SPED classrooms, while cutting staff, and are adding more students. What is the legal limit for the amount of students they can put in a classroom, and how many adults do they need to have? I strongly believe they can't meet FAPE with the way the classes are now a

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  • College / Continuing Ed: STUDENT TEACHING STATE TESTING FOR LD STUDENT

    08/23/2016

    Colleen:  Our Adult LD child hasn't been able to pass the Illinois state exam to allow him to student teach, which would allow him to finish his special Ed graduate program, in teaching. He's taken it 3 times and is discouraged. Does anyone know if these kinds of certification exams can be modified or can thy be waived? His GPA is 3.9, so clearly he is able to do the work...it is the 'test', we suspect. Any input appr

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  • Diplomas: SCHOOL PUTTING MY SON ON DIPLOMA TRACK WITH AN FMD SPECIAL ED TEACHER

    08/23/2016

    Teresa:  At the first of the school year, the school tried to aggressively push us to put my son on the alternate assessment path. We used a letter with statutes provided by Wrightslaw to keep him on diploma track. I have been contacted by a teacher who told me that the school is still planning on having a teacher with an FMD certification manage his special education case. She said that the teacher does not have a LBD certification. I want my son kept in the inclusive environment of the classroom. Is there a way to check a teacher's certification in Kentucky? The teacher certifications are not listed on the school's website. Is this legal to place a child who is considered a LBD with an FMD teacher? The school is planning on doing this behind ou

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  • Section 504: SCHOOL REFUSING OT REIMBURSEMENT STATED IN 504 PLAN

    08/22/2016

    Cindy:  My son has a 504 plan and received OT services. I agreed to pay out of pocket, put it through my insurance and then the district agreed to pay me whatever the insurance didn't cover. This is what is exactly stated on 504- "Cost of OT not covered by insurance will reimbursed after claim submitted and EOB received. I submitted and the insurance covered nothing. I submitted EOB to school and now they are refusing to pay. what are my

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  • Section 504: POTS SYNDROME ACCOMMODATIONS

    08/22/2016

    Marcella:  Is there any information about 504s and classroom accommodations for students with POTS syndrome? How about tutoring or home bound inst

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  • OT: SENSORY PROCESSING OT WHEN MOVING FROM IFSP TO IEP

    08/22/2016

    Dana:  At 16 mo my son was assessed with sensory processing disorder and speech delay. He was given center based OT for SPD and home based speech therapy. The SPD OT was amazing and we saw major improvements in his ability to focus, his ability to finish tasks, his ability to transition improved dramatically as well as his physical coordination. We moved to No Cal where they do not offer center based OT and our home based therapist just plays some games with him. She has seen him 6 times and when I question her about deep muscle sensory or obstacle courses, she says she is still getting to know him. We are about to start the transition to IEP with the school district and I am told I will not be offered SPD OT - is that true? Can I ask

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  • ABA Therapy: OUTSIDE PROVIDERS (ABA) NO LONGER ALLOWED IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT

    08/22/2016

    Kris:  Our district used to allow ABA in at Principal discretion. My daughter is in a low functioning, self contained AU classroom. Our Principal allowed it (no cost to school - private and/or insurance paid) and our kids were thriving and teacher morale was much improved. A memorandum came out 7/25 saying no more outside service providers starting this school year. We (parents) and Principals have been trying to reach agreement with school board, EC director and Assistant Superintendent to no avail. Tried news stations, radio, school board meeting. No response, nor budging. Any suggestions or recommen

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  • Confidentiality: SUBSTITUTE TEACHER ATTENDANCE ROSTER NOTES IEPS

    08/22/2016

    Mary Beth:  Is it a breech of confidentiality to leave a roster (to be used for attendance) that indicates a child has

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  • Bullying: EMERGENCY IEP FOR BULLYING

    08/22/2016

    Nancy:  I cannot afford to hire advocate is there low cost advocacy group in orange county, ca to represent next week? My son just started JR High last and has social skills deficits and they expect him to have organic relationships when he has no idea how to create that. At the elementary level there was an aide to direct and he would follow. Another special needs kids high functioning like my son punched him twice just because and continues to harass him verbally. The school is aware and they do not seem to be that concerned. They watched over him twice this week and then it starte

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  • Section 504: 504 PLANS and PRIVATE SCHOOLS

    08/19/2016

    Stan: Are private schools that accept federal Title I monies required to write 504 Plans for children with disabilities? My school is willing to write an equivalent Alternate Learning Plan. Would such be acc

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  • Autism: HOW DO I GET A SCRIBE

    08/19/2016

    Rachel:  How do I get a scribe for autisti

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  • FAPE: NOT LETTING SPECIAL NEED KID START SCHOOL (TX)

    08/19/2016

    Hurley:  I moved to TX with my special needs child. she had a TBI and requires accommodations. I called in June and July asking about what needed to be done prior to enrollment. I was told I couldn't register her until August 10 or 11. Told to bring ARD paperwork from prior school when enrolling her which I did. School is supposed to start this Monday 8/22/16. I was told today 8/18/16 they would not let her enroll in school until they can arrange an ARD at the new school with the various therapy disciplines etc. Is this eve

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  • Graduation: IEP STUDENT LACKS CREDITS, CONTINUATION SCHOOL NOT AN OPTION

    08/19/2016

    Ema:  My son who has an IEP and is a senior is behind schedule to graduate. He failed a few classes, but has been trying hard to make them up after school. He is frustrated cause his goal is to graduate on time, but when he met with his counselor he was told he would not graduate cause he still was missing some credits. He was told by his counselor that he had no other options of trying to catch up expect to comeback the following year. My son who is 17 was very upset. I immediately emailed his counselor and ask for an IEP. After some research I had found that the school district does have continuation schools in the area, but the counselor said it was not an option for my son. I am confused cause from what I know

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  • Section 504: SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER AND 504

    08/19/2016

    Christa:  Can a 504 be filed with a child that has a sensory processing disorder.  My child's school

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  • Services: WHICH DISTRICT DELIVERS SPED SERVICES IN PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS?

    08/19/2016

    Barb:  Which district is responsible for delivering special education services when the child's residence is in one district but the parochial school is located in another d

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  • Class Ratios: SECTION 504 AND NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN CLASSROOM

    08/19/2016

    Kelli:  My 4th grade daughter has an IEP for Severe ADHD and Anxiety in a school system that is starting its second year. The fourth grade has five teachers with 32 to 34 students in each class. My daughter is in the class with 34. It is already causing her a problem two weeks into the school year. How do I address this un

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  • Tests / State Tests: WAIVER FOR HIGH STAKE TESTS

    08/18/2016

    Tina:  The school is wanting to give my daughter a waiver stating that she is excused from high stakes testing because her low scores are not an accurate measure of the student's disability. Dad and I aren't sure this is the correct thing to agree to since she only missed the passing score by merely one question. My daughter plans to go to college and we want her to be certain this does not prevent her from h

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  • Accommodations: EMERGENCY MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION

    08/18/2016

    Diane:  K and 2nd grader enrolled in public charter school for first time (formerly in private). Require Emergency shot in case of Emergency for Adrenal Insufficency. School district is saying they can not attend school where we choose, and will move them to a school with a full-time nurse. We want to stay at our school. Diabetics are accommodated with medication such as glucagon, no nurse necessary We do not have a 504 but know we need one ASAP. Can they provide something to diabetics and not "accommodate" my kids having a staff person administer the shot in case of emergency? Our Dr. says it does not need to be a nurse, but they county says its their policy, so sorry. Currently kids are out of

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  • Discrimination: PRESCHOOL EXCLUSION

    08/17/2016

    Marnie:  Our local public school district (in Ohio), excludes special education students from it's 5-day-a-week, integrated preschool program for four year olds. Students with IEPs are instructed to attend only 4 days a week, while the typical students attend all 5 days. I am trying to find how/where this is legal before requesting that my son be able to attend all 5 days with his "typical" peers, even if I have to pay tuition for the extra day. Any thoughts on where t

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  • Class Ratios: TEACHER AIDES IN GENERAL EDUCATION CLASSES

    08/17/2016

    Sonia:  How many special education students can you have in a regular education classroom with only one

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  • Accommodations: SCHOOL CHOOSING NOT TO USE IEP ACCOMMODATIONS IN AP CLASSES

    08/17/2016

    Zoe:  I am a high school student with high-functioning ASD (Asperger's) and ADHD. I've had an IEP since I was ten, and my list of accommodations hasn't changed much over the years. Unfortunately, my school has decided that, in order to "simulate a college environment," they won't allow me to have some (but not all) of what's listed on my IEP. Out of all the resulting challenges, the biggest thorn in my side is not having alternate assignments; having this accommodation has been a make-or-break factor in multiple less advanced classes, so they can't just take it out of my IEP altogether. This is actually part of a universal, long-standing policy at my school, and maybe even in my district. Some teachers even claim that this is a College Board policy. This hasn't caused me to fail any AP classes traditionally offered

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  • Absences: RECEIVED NO HELP FROM SCHOOL WHEN CHILD MISSED SEMESTER FOR CHRONIC CONDITION

    08/17/2016

    Jean:  my son has chronic functional dysepsia. he had to miss an entire semester while being diagnosed even though the school received documentation from vision and his absences were excused. received no instruction or assistance with his education and only received homework assignments.  had to go to the school when he was physically able to do tests on the subject. he was also dropped from several classes and they are refusing to let him take driver's education because of this. refusing to sign a waiver to allow him to take driver's education. he's also been dropped from the football team with no explanation and no notification. what right does he have to be able to receive an education when he has a chronic condition that kept him from attending regular classes. the stress of this situation intensified my sons symptoms. And even

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