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  • Tests and Assessments / IQ: DAUGHTER’S IQ DROPPED

    Rina: I am getting concerned. My daughter is currently in a private special education school, paid by my school district, a 12:1:4. She is currently in the 2nd grade and is 8 years old. In August 2013 her IQ was a 83. The test used was Wechsler Preschool Intelligence test. In May 2014 when she was 6 years old I decided to have a neuropsychological evaluation done. The test that was used at the time was also the Wechsler Intelligence test, the 4th edition. Her IQ was a 85. Today as of February of 2016, her Full IQ is 63. I am shocked and in tears. The test that was used was Stanford-Binet-Intelligence Scale, 5th edition. I am not sure if her current placement is causing her IQ to drop. What test should I have done in addition to the school test?

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  • Stay Put: WILL I LOSE ELIGIBILITY IF I CHANGE PLACEMENT?

    LLdi: I am fighting for a Private day School for my son, who has an IEP. He is punished, injured in this school, grade not above expectation anymore, but they blame it on curriculum and they say they can meet FAPE in current school. If I go to Due Process he has to stay put while we do that. What are my options to take him out, but not loose eligibility to win moving him, because I can't leave him in the school that threatens him, punishes him for dis

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  • Teacher Issues: TEACHERS REQUEST TESTING, SCHOOL REFUSES – CHILD FIND REQUIREMENTS

    Jessie: Teachers are identifying children for testing, but the district is refusing. What can the teachers do to protect the

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  • Advocacy: NEED ADVOCACY GROUP IN HAWAII

    Leilani: Is there a Special Education advocacy group in the State of Hawaii? The teacher is accusing my child, based on what others are saying and without an adult witnessing this. My child doesn't want to go to school. He is in the third grade and has a reading dis

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  • Tests and Assessments: UPDATING THE WAIS-IV FOR COLLEGE

    Sophia: My sister will be graduating high school. However a potential university stated her Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - IV is outdated. Can I request the high school to administer the test? The high school psychologist stated there is no reason to test my sister as testing is only needed if the current individualized education program is not working

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  • Eligibility: GOOD GRADES, BUT STRUGGLING – STILL ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT?

    E:  My child struggles in school, however, with his compensation strategies he is able to get good grades and test as average.  He has to work double as hard as his peers and has been diagnosed ASD age 3. When is he eligible for

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  • Related Services: WHEN CAN SPED/OT/APE SERVICES BE PROVIDED FOR HALF DAY KINDERGARTEN?

    Kelsey: Kindergarten is half day in our school district (option to be in AM or PM class). I would like my daughter to enroll in the PM kinder (starts at 11:15am) but arrive early to school (10AM) to receive her pull outs before the gen ed kinder PM class starts. This way she won't miss out on valuable gen ed instruction but gets some small group/one on one time with SPED/OT/APE. Is there any law that says this is not possible? Do the children have to receive their services during the general education school day? Is it possible to modify her "school day" start time? (District doesn't want to push in services.)

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  • Consent: ISOLATION ROOM, BREAK ROOM, TIME OUT

    lldiko: I have read somewhere that a parent should give consent to the school or to the IEP Team about putting a child in isolation room, time out room, CPI. I know it needs to be in his IEP, under BIP and the room needs to be presented to parents before use. Where do I find thi to print about

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  • Parent Rights: SPECIAL ED PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEES?

    Susan:  How are the "parent" chosen to be on the SEPAC? I have been asking for 3 years if my district has one and, either been told "no" or not answered. Today I find buried deep on an obscure page of the school board's new website that there is a SEPAC and they have been meeting. Are these meetings supposed to be open to all parents of special education students? Do these meetings have to follow the Sunshi

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  • Educational Records: ARE PARENT EMAILS PART OF EDUCATIONAL RECORDS?

    Heather:  I work within the school district my son attends, but not at his school. When I request full records to include notes and emails with any PII under FERPA, are my e-mails with PII about my son to become part of the

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  • Eligibility: GIVING SPED ACCOMMODATIONS TO STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT EVALUATED

    Jane T:  I would like to find out what specific SPED regulation states that students need to be qualified and evaluated first before receiving SPED testing accommodations and services. There are some students in my school that are still being referred to be evaluated by the School Psychologist. The administrators wanted these students to be pulled out into a resource setting to receive testing accommodations even though they are not qualified to receive special education services. I know this is not right so I would like to know what I can do and what specific regulation would they be violating by doing this.

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  • IEP Meeting: CAN I REQUEST AN ADMINISTRATOR NOT BE PRESENT AT IEP MEETING?

    Heather: Unfortunately an administrator at my son's school has engaged in ongoing bullying and harassing behavior as well as privacy violations that led me to file a third party complaint. Complaint is now being investigated. In light of these circumstances, would it be reasonable to ask that this administrator not be present at the next IEP

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  • Placement: PARENTAL PLACEMENT IN AN APPROVED SPED PROGRAM

    Amanda: What is the responsibility of the approved special education program in creating a service plan or IEP like d

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  • Suspensions: HOW MANY SUSPENSIONS BEFORE RECEIVING SERVICES?

    maria: How many times is too many suspension? is 7 too many before services can be received or change o

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  • Aging Out: WHAT IS THE AGING OUT DATE FOR SPECIAL ED?

    Wendy:  If student turns 21 in August aren't they entitled to another year of school as the school year begins on July 1st? School District telling me it's based on Fiscal School Year which begins September 1st - Help! I can't find the la

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  • Consent: REEVALUATION TESTING CONSENT

    Phil:  If a parent refuses consent for reevaluation testing for a new area of consideration, does the school district have the right to proceed with a due process co

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  • Placement: ASKED TO SIGN IEP WITH PRE-DETERMINED PLACEMENT

    Charlotte: I'm an slp in a special needs preschool. All of our classes are full with 3.5 months left in the school year. My district is refusing to add any more units and insists that we place all qualifying students with itinerant services, rather than center based. This is not always an appropriate service, and this service is being pre-determined before the evaluation is even completed. We are being asked to "recommend" itinerant services to the parents, rather than the appropriate recommendation (center), write it in the iep, and sign. What

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  • Consent: TIME LIMIT ON PARENTAL CONSENT / NOTIFICATION?

    Lynne: Gave parental consent to allow school to do an adaptive evaluation on child. Evaluation was completed approx. two months before the end of the school year. We received a copy of the scores. We repeatedly asked for the review ARC Meeting before school let out. Didn't happen. The review ARC was held not long after the new school year began. The evaluation presented for review was a different one from the one we received a copy of. We're told by district rep. that the original could not be found and that the school did not need to have our consent for another one to be done since they already had our consent previously. The rep. did not allow the original scores to be used, but rather the new eval. scores. Question: Is there a time limit on parental consent given and

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  • Section 504: UNREASONABLE WORKLOAD ACCOMMODATIONS

    Kim:  My friend's son was receiving chemo for the first school semester this year. He is a junior. He had a homebound tutor and 504 implemented.There was poor communication by the history teacher and the problem now, is that the teacher still expects 25 assignments to be completed from first semester, in addition to what is currently being done in class. Doesn't this sound excessive? How could a student, who wasn't even in attendance, be required to do

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  • Behavior: COMMUNICATION WITH SCHOOL RE BEHAVIOR ISSUES

    Liz:  We are guardians to a 7 year old. We asked the school to tell us if he tries to run away because he has tried to run in front of cars and will pick up a behavior where he left off. He tried to run away again and they didn't tell us. Are they obliged to tell us when he has a behavioral problem? How soon and how much detail do they need to give? We are i

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  • Speech: NO STAFF FOR SPEECH SERVICES FOR TWO MONTHS

    Frederique:  My daughter has a speech only IEP due to language impairment for CAPD; she has not received any services since December since their school SLP left and they have not replaced her yet. What shou

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  • Re-Evaluations: NEED GOOD TESTING FOR ADHD, DYSLEXIA, WRITTEN EXPRESSION

    Vanessa:  My daughter has an IEP for ADHD (according to first ETR). Subsequently she was found having dyslexia, dyscalculia and written expression disorder by private evaluation. Also high IQ, gifterd. School discounted those evaluations, but did included some service for language art and math and some accommodations. Now reevaluation is coming after 3 yrs. How can I make sure school does enough good testing for dyslexia, dyscalculia and written expression disorder that can waistband my daughter IQ good guessing to qu

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  • Preschool: PRESCHOOL IS FORCING 5 DAY ATTENDANCE

    Mia:  My son is 3, and my husband is a minister, so we have been taking Fridays off as a family day. We want to continue this until our son starts grade school, but i feel like we are being bullied into a 5-day school week and it is too much for all of us. He has Down Syndrome, but has been offered a full inclusion class with Speech Therapy. All we want is Fridays off, why is that such a h

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  • Bullying: NO RESPONSE FROM SCHOOL ABOUT BULLYING

    Mel:  We have reported issues of bullying over several years to our child's school and have been met with indifference. We have reported to the principal in the past and have now worked our way up to the superintendent. This was over a week ago and have heard no plan of action or reply to our request for an IEP meeting. Is our only option at this time to move our child to another school? What would be a appropriate plan of action that would protect my child in this si

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  • Charter Schools: WHERE DO I REQUEST AN IEP?

    Tammy:  My son was in public school for three years, online school for 1 month, and last in a charter school for 6 months. I recently had to pull him out due to behavior. I asked the local public school board of education about filing an iep. They said i could not file through them cause he was in a charter school. What do I do?where can

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  • Goals: DOES THE LAW REQUIRE MULTIPLE GOALS?

    Penny:  Is it the law, federally or in any state, that requires multiple goals be written? My ISD is requiring all IEP's include at least 2 goals, regardless of disability. So for example, a student qualifies with a Learning Disability in reading comprehension. My ISD is requiring me to write 2 goals (each with 2 short term objectives). They are interpreting the law as "goals", nor "goal(s)". Please help me clarify. I live in the state of M

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  • Absences: SCHOOL REFUSES TO EVALUATE BECAUSE OF MISSED DAYS

    deborah:  The student failed K, failed 3rd grade last year and is failing 3rd grade again this year. The school district refuses to evaluate the student for a disability and potential IEP because she misses too many days every year. Can they do that? What about child fi

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  • Related Services: MAKING UP MISSED THERAPY SESSIONS

    D:  Are therapists required to make up missed therapy sessions if my child

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  • Due Process: WE WANT A PUBLIC HEARING

    Cheryl:  We would like our Due Process Hearing to be open to the public. The District's lawyer is saying the process is confidential and is writing a pre-hearing memo to refuse our request. Is there caselaw to support our request for an open

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  • Eligibility: EPILEPSY AND ADHD, SCHOOL SAYS NO IEP

    Monika:  My child has both Epilepsy and ADHA, both diagnosed by her neurologist. The school psychologist is refusing to put her on an IEP, because she is not a grade level below. What c

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