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  • Consent: PLACEMENT IN DIFFERENT SCHOOL SAME DISTRICT WITHOUT PARENT CONSENT

    Barb:  I have an 8 year boy with Down Syndrome. Immediately after his IEP meeting I was told the school wanted to put him in a different school, but same district, because they were changing the programming at his current school. This would take him out of his neighborhood school which he has been attending since kindergarten and also separate him from his brother who is a year behind him in school. We do not agree with this also because the new placement would be in a room with kids who have a lot of behaviors and my son already is in need of quiet one-on-one to learn. Can the school district do this without our

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  • Bullying: STAFF BULLYING ASD CHILD AND PARENTS

    Tricia: Principal and staff bullying Hf/ASD adhd middle school child. antagonizing, triggering, continuous stacking of discipline, locking student out of class, teacher won’t talk to my son. cant ask ?’s, bullying parents w/ truancy we kept him home pending meeting. Failure to update 3 yr old 504 ,refusal to acknowledge ASD diagnosis. Keeping him out of class at end of hall for several hours a day unsupervised. principal triggered emotional hubby into cursing, now he is banned from all schools in district not allowing him to enter act with our daughters school experiences.no report on his physical contact with me. Clearly heard on recording,Sped director says the are in violation. No change. What c

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  • Evaluations: PARENT RIGHT TO COPY OF PROTOCOL – PA

    Sheila:  In PA do parents have a right to a “copy” of their child’s Student’s Records, incl all evaluation protocol used in determining eligibility into an LEA gifted

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  • IEPs: ACCEPTING PART OF IEP, NOT ALL

    Damali: Am I allowed to only accept a portion of the IEP? We have been meeting with a school OT weekly and a RSP teacher weekly. I would like to only continue with the school OT. The charter school I homeschool under will only allow me to get rid of the whole IEP not pick and choose. Is that

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  • Abuse / Neglect: LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY AT TUTORING CENTER

    Barbara:  As a teacher, I was always mindful of my legal responsibilities while serving in loco parentis. I am at a tutoring center now and need to know legal responsibility. We have had issues with older students simply lying to parents about being in tutoring and going elsewhere and had foster child who ran out toward the busy street. A tutor ran behind to make sure he didn’t get hit by the traffic and was roundly admonished by the caseworker not to ever touch the child. ? I saw this and he was trying to keep the child safe. So, what are the responsibilities of care we take on as a tutoring business? It sounded as though “touching” a child was far more important to the state than the potential harm that could have o

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  • Placement: SCHOOL CHANGING LOCATION/PLACEMENT DUE TO TEACHER RESIGNATION

    Melissa: My son has attended the same school for the past 11 years. The severe/profound teacher resigned. School board joined a cooperative and transferred all services/education to another school district. The personnel at the new location have no idea about my son’s medical condition, etc and the environment/location is unsafe. The school says the change in location is not placement and so still conforms to IDEA. The school did not attempt to hire another teacher only decided to join cooperative and change location of services and did not take into consideration my son’s health needs. The principal told us we needed to move to a larger city if we were worried about his

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  • IEPs: REQUESTING A SPECIFIC TEACHER

    Kathy: Can I ask for a specific classroom teacher be included in my son’s IEP? He is in an inclusion class for Science and I feel she just doesn’t have a grasp of my son’s specia

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  • Charter Schools: CHARTER SCHOOL AND STANDARDIZED TESTING

    Robert: If a child diagnosed with autism attends a Montessori school, how can the school show academic progress as they do not participate in any standardized testing? Is the charter school obligated as a charter school to participate in standardized testing? If so, which testing? I do not see any specific textbooks brought home or in classes as a public school. What questions do I need to politely ask the IEP Team and work together? Thank you for your ass

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  • IEPs: SCHOOL SAYS I CAN’T SEE MY STUDENT’S IEP

    Lisa: Hello there- I have a question. I am a preschool teacher and I have a student with an IEP. I was told that I am not entitled to see that IEP because he has a SEiT that works on his goals. The parents nor the SEIT have given me any information on this child and he has severe behavior issues. What is my recourse? Just to clarify, it is not the school that says I can not see the IEP. It is the SEIT that says according to NYS law the preschool is not entitled to

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  • Tests and Assessments: IS SCHOOL OBLIGATED TO TEST?

    Terri: If a parent writes a letter requesting a full academic/speech/language evaluation. Is school obligated to test? The child is a Kinder student, extremely unintelligible, and the lowest performing student in the classroom. Teacher is in agreement that child be ev

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  • IEPs: STARTING WITH BLANK ADDENDUM FORM OR ADDING TO PREVIOUS DOCUMENT?

    Jessic: So my question is should a school have a blank document before a draft for EVERY meeting/addendum? My children’s district is saying they can not erase information from a previous addendum and must “add on”. This makes for a VERY confusing document, especially when it included disputed information or things from a previous UNSIGNED IEP or addendum. I was a special education eacher and have never heard of such a thing, every meeting was a completely fresh document. I am wondering if there is any legal terms or history I can use to make them clear each meeting document and record only one meeting per addendum document…Thank you for an

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  • Placement: ADMINISTRATIVE CONVENIENCE OR BEST INTEREST OF CHILD?

    Sherry: Is it appropriate to place a low incidence disability student in a non grade appropriate regular education setting based on administrative convenience. For example – a third grade student attending a music class with kindergarten students because there is a paraprofessional already going into kindergarten class and the school does not want to pull another one to go with the third grader to the third grad

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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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