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  • Eligibility: SPECIAL NEEDS DIAGNOSIS

    Kristi: I am waiting for a diagnosis for my 5 year old from the private sector, but all the school wants to do is send him home everyday. How do I get my child an ed

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  • College / Continuing Ed: NEED CONTINUING ED FOR 19 YR OLD WITH ASPERGERS

    Rebecca:  My grandson has adhd bi polar and was told he has hi functioning aspergers. He is now 19 finished high school and wants to learn to be a mechanic and I don‚Äôt know where to find a school or tech school to help him. he is on disability. mainly looking for direction. we moved from PA a year ago and He needs to find

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  • IEPs: TEACHER SAYS I (PARENT) DON’T NEED TO ATTEND IEP MEETING

    Roberta: A teacher recently told me that I didn’t need to come to my son’s IEP meeting since we were going to meet again in a few weeks to review his MET results. His IEP is expiring and we need to have an annual before the expiration date. They were going to write one for 6 months, then have another one in the future. He was concerned I would need to take the day off work to attend meeting. Are parents required to be in attendance at IEP meetings? I thought they were. Is thi

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  • Class Ratios: DOES NUMBER OF SPED STUDENTS DETERMINE A SPECIAL ED ENVIRONMENT?

    Amie: If in the general education environment the percent of students with IEP’s out number the students without IEP, does that make that environment a special education environment? Say in a co-teach setting. Is there a law that also stat

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  • Section 504: WHAT TO DO WHEN A TEACHER DOESN’T WANT TO ACCOMMODATE?

    Cindy: This is my son’s 2nd year on a 504 (the ONLY 504 in this district???). We had issues last year but they seemed to get resolved once I explained my rights and my son’s rights. I am a special ed teacher in another district. We are having issues with his new reading teacher (who is a substitute while his regular teacher is coaching a sport). I am ready to leap and take action against the school. They need someone to let them know that a student’s needs should

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  • Evaluations: SOMETHING NOT RIGHT WITH MY DAUGHTER

    lynne: Told authority for months something not rite with my daughter. now being manged move. I just know she as odd they don’t no what it is. help please feel like I’m a nobody just wanting to put

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  • Transportation: MANDATED PICK-UP TIME

    LKG: Can a school district mandate the pick-up time for a student with transportation as a related

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  • Dyslexia: READING ON GRADE LEVEL 50% OF GRADE?!

    Angela: Yes, he *should* be reading grade level, but it takes time to remediate severe dyslexia. I asked about alt. grading method, and was told it wasn’t possible. If he was physically disabled, they couldn’t fail him in PE for not running a mile. How is this different? What are my options? Redo the IEP and be more de

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  • Eligibility: OUT OF DISTRICT/BOUNDARY EXCEPTION IEP

    b: I found a great school out of district for my child, who attended last year. Child needs IEP but I have been told can’t have one since out of district. Is this true and/o

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  • Tests and Assessments: WOODCOCK JOHNSON REPEAT TESTING

    Kathy:  Do you know if there is a required amount of time to wait before repeating the woodcock Johns

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  • Placement: NON SPECIAL ED STUDENTS IN RESOURCE ROOM

    Terry: Can non Special Ed students come into the Resource room f

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  • Placement: IS A NEW ASSESSMENT NECESSARY FOR CHANGE OF PLACEMENT?

    Silvia:  When considering a change of placement for a student already in special education, are new assessments r

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  • Nursing Services: IS SCHOOL REQUIRED TO HAVE FULL TIME NURSE FOR CHILD WITH DIABETES?

    Marg: Her private school only has a nurse four days a week and no substitute if she is out a day. Is the school required to have a full time nurse to accommodate ''this child with juvenile d

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  • Visual Impairment: VISUAL IMPAIRMENT ELIGIBILITY

    Sharon:  When a student is suspected of having a visual impairment and has been referred for assessment is there a requirement for an eye examination by a qualified medical professional as a part of the process to determine elig

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  • Behavior: BAD BEHAVIOR IN CLASS

    Janice:  I have a child in my class who severley disrupts the whole class to the extent where it IS having a negative impact on the students who want to learn. This is a daily problem , the school seem unwilling to do anything constructive yet they know this is having a negative affect on the other students, what can i do, i want my students to learn and get the best education

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  • Services: CHANGING SERVICES WITHOUT AN ARD MEETING

    Mary:  Can a school change the structure of a classroom from a coteach to a regular ed without an ARD? I have a 13 year old who is in all co teach classes. My son is adopted and has Fetal Alcohol syndrome with many delays. He also has an auto immune disease that seems to be triggered by high stress. School is removing co teacher and my son will now be receiving his instruction from the reg ed teacher.  His ARD paperwork says that he will be in a coteach for this subject and that his grades and modifications will come from the coteacher. The District even outlines that coteach services are provided from bell to bell. I understand that they need to move the coteacher because he is needed elsewhere on campus, but shouldn't they put in a replacement coteacher? Is

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  • Honors / AP Classes: SCHOOL SAYS NO ACCOMMODATIONS IN HIGH SCHOOL FOR HONORS CLASSES

    Elizabeth:  Can a district remove accommodations from a student with a SLD when they are in honors classes? My Daughter has only been able to achieve honor roll since being diagnosed with an SLD 3 years ago. although suspected since K. We have now transitioned to high school and the guidance counselor told me that if she takes honor classes support wil

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  • IEP Revision: IEP MEETING TIMEFRAME

    Erin:  I live in North Carolina & I have requested an IEP meeting for my daughter, who is in 1st grade. I submitted a request to her teacher who replied several days later (including time over the weekend), saying that we could try for two months later, since her IEP is up for review until that time.  I have concerns that will also include my request to modify her IEP ASAP. What is the appropriate timeframe in NC from the time a parent requests a meeting until one

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  • Transportation: UNILATERAL DECISION – NO EC CHILDREN RECEIVE TRANSPORTATION

    Andrea:  I have combed through the law and cannot find anywhere where a loophole could possibly allow a school district to make a decision that all EC children do not get transportation even when the IEP team agrees on a placement. The district has determined that no preK student is eligible for transportation as a related service on their IEP unless they have a medical need or behavioral need that impacts the parent's ability to transport them. The justification for this decision is that no preK student would be equipped to make it back and forth to school on their own given their developmental stage. Is thi

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  • Goals: ADDING ACADEMIC GOALS TO A SPEECH IEP

    Lori:  Can academic goals for a student, far below grade level, be added to an existing speech IEP or does the full SPED assessment have to happen to add academi

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  • Paraprofessionals: SPED TEACHER NOT TEACHING CLASSES

    Karen: I have been a paraprofessional for 14 years. My job description has changed immensely the past 5 years. My para team has been scheduled to work with more students with modifications needing a certified special Ed teacher. this isn't the case anymore. IS this legal? Certified teachers are working with the students accommodated rather than the students requiring more educational teaching. Please HELP before

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  • Transfers: IEP IMPLEMENTATION (OR NOT) WHEN CHANGING ONLINE SCHOOLS

    John:  I have recently taken my child from one online school based learning to another online school based learning. My child has Autism and has an IEP that address his specific behavioral and academic needs. The current IEP is from the first online based school and the second online based school wants to change my son's IEP. However, since the transfer, the new school has not implemented any of my child's current IEP supports. Is this legal, ethical or otherwise? Can this school force us to make changes to an IEP that has worked for m

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  • Toileting: TOILETING NEEDS FOR FEMALE DS 1ST GRADE GIRL BY MALE AIDE

    RIcardo:  The district told us that they cannot discriminate on who they hire and such if they can only find a male aide, and if they cannot find a female staff to assist my daughter with her toileting needs, then a male could assist my daughter in the bathroom. I don't think this is acceptable at all. They also don't want to include toileting needs in the IEP. What legal arguments can be made for the requirement that only female staff can assist my 6 year old daughter DS with her toiletin

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  • Services: RESOURCE LESS THAN 20%

    Pat: Is the resource room <20% setting mean that the special education teacher goes into the general education classroom to help my child and only pull her a couple times of the week for "intervention"? I am told that the resource teacher is just reteaching what the teacher taught in the classroom. If the schedule for my child says 55 minutes daily for math and reading should the resource teacher be responsible for meeting her needs in a separate setting than the general education classroom.

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  • Placement: HIGH PERCENT OF SPED STUDENTS IN INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM

    Mari:  My school district regularly places special education students in the alternative education independent study school. If the parents complain and threaten to pull their child, they offer it as an option. The I.S. teachers are not invited to the IEPs. Parents are completely surprised to find that our program is quite rigorous - as it must be by law. It's designed for older students who work or travel. Parents are responsible to make sure their child completes every assignment on time for the weekly appointment. Usually after their appointment, the sped student sees the resource teacher for 15 minutes. Typically, the student goes from 25 minutes per day of SAI to the measly 15 minutes a week. Shouldn't a different placement still provide the necessary support? Can this possibly be legal? Sometimes the parents pull their child from the classroom because

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  • Mediation: PERSONS PRESENT AT MEDIATIONS

    Mary: We have an attorney and an educational consultant. Attorney suggests educational consultant can not be called as expert witness in our case if we do not reach an adequate settlement agreement.  Is this

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  • Placement: SCHOOL SAYS CAN’T “DUAL ENROLL” STUDENT IN CI CLASS AND SOME INCLUSION IN GENERAL ED

    Tami:  My son has Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, yet functions well (IQ of 73). His placement is in a high school classroom for students with cognitive impairments. He sees himself as not "being like them." He has a strong desire to learn about history. In previous years he has taken history classes in the general education setting with accommodations. During that semester he was also in two other resource classes and two classes within the CI classroom. Now the administration says that it's considered duel enrolled and that services cannot provided that way. They also stated that if he his not in the CI classroom more it can effect his social security and guardianship. Is any of this

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  • Accommodations on Tests: NON-STATE TEST ACCOMMODATIONS IN IEP DENIED BY PRINCIPAL

    Ms. Math: Hi! I'm a middle school math teacher. In a recent staff meeting, our Sp Ed director was reviewing what accommodations each of our students receive. One of our students has in her IEP that she may use notes on her math assessments. But, our director has decided that our interim assessments (once a quarter) are to be administered in the same manner as PARCC. If she can't use notes on PARCC, she can't use them on her math assessments as indicated by her IEP. I'm pretty upset because I feel like this is violating her IEP. I'm not sure I can go to our school director to point this out, and I'm trying to figure out what to do. Any sugg

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  • IEP Meeting: ATTENDEES AT THE IEP MEETING

    Tom:  Can a parent require (beside whom the law says must attend) require specific staff to attend an IEP meeting? Can a parent require the students entire teaching team to attend the IEP meeting during the sch

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