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  • IEPs: IEP END DATE APPROACHING – SCHEDULING CONFLICT FOR REVIEW MEETING

    Cam:  My teenage child's IEP ends at the end of this month. There is a scheduling conflict. I have been asking for the review for several weeks, but the school is not available until 1-3 days before it ends. A member of my team will be out of town that week. Can I schedule the IEP Review a few days after the end date without any problems or pe

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  • Goals: APPROPRIATE IEP GOALS

    Alyssa:  I am a special ed teacher in Texas. All of our IEP goals are measured by report card grades. I.e. "By the next IEP, Sam will use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words as demonstrated by earning at least 70% in his English class." Is this appr

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  • Autism: NEED HELP FOR CHILD WITH AUTISM IN STATE HOSPITAL

    Jessica:  I need some help on how to get my autistic nephew out a state hospital in Louisiana, where he is being abused, due to 0 social skills. He is 14 and has behavioral problems with the autism. So due to uneducated justice system and community here, they just sent my nephew to this horrible hospital, where he is getting worse, and is in fear of his life. How can I file a formal complaint against the staff? Need leg

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  • Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE): IEE REVIEW TIMELINE

    Dawn:  After an IEE report has been submitted, what is the time line in which a school has to meet to review the f

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  • Educational Records: SPED SUPERVISOR FALSIFYING STUDENT RECORDS

    Karen:  Please Help!!! I have a parent in a district and we discovered the Special Ed Supervisor changed her child's Progress Reports from 2012-2016. The Supervisor dated the changes 2/2016, added a narrative and data, reported on the wrong goals, deleted previous data put in by former Case manager teachers. The parent filed a Formal Complaint with the district and its been a month long investigation. Teachers have been interviewed, all in an effort to find a progra

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  • Homebound Instruction: SCHOOL DENIES HOMEBOUND IN SPITE OF SURGEON’S REQUEST

    Paul:  We are in a battle with my daughter's school. Colon removed a year ago, bag on her side.  Home bound last year. now school said she was denied this year do to new guide lines. Her Surgeon said no way she is to go back to school until she is completely healed up, has done the paper work over and over. They are still turning it down !! How. Can we fight? This is in Prince William County Virginia

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  • Classification: EBD ELIGIBILITY

    Frustrated mom:  School wants to label my son as EBD. He only has problems at school (teacher hates him, his brother has emotional issues, I am taking him to therapy to help) . Is it ok to say he is emotionally disturbed only at school but not across multiple settings? We live in

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  • Transfers: WHICH IEP IN NEW DISTRICT?

    Chelsea:  If a student moves from one state to another and brings an IEP with them. Does the new district have to meet the previous schools IEP temporarily until they meet and establish/create a

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  • Transfers: SCHOOL SAYS INCLUSION SETTING NOT AVAILABLE

    Rohini:  My son is 4 yrs at the time of testing,and he has an IEP from HISD,TX recommending him to be placed in Inclusion class for 5 days,full time,but we moved to Charlotte Mecklenburg County,Charlotte,NC. They don't have inclusion program and they say he will not be eligible for NC special needs education,even before testing,and currently placed him in Self contained class room.They are pushing me to private schooling. What should I

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  • Teacher Issues: GENERAL EDUCATION CASELOAD

    J:  if students from a special education self-contained classroom are placed into a general education classroom for mainstreaming time, do these students count toward the general education classroom teacher's caseload (I.e., do the numbers matter if that teacher is being forced to go over contractual student numbers, and the students from the special education classroom are not being assigned to any general education classroom teacher's class r

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  • Bullying: CAN I USE PHONE APP TO RECORD BULLYING IN THE CLASSROOM?

    Becky:  My daughter is being at school but school said not true.  I found an app on cell phone that could monitor her thru the day.  I used it and sure enough found out several kids are involved.  Can I take the recorded app to prinicpal and let her hear it so something can be done? Can i use this recorded data to prove she is getting bullied by more than one kid. Is it against the law. I was doing it for her

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  • Parent Rights: CAN I USE SOME DEVICE TO MONITOR SCHOOL AUTHORITIES?

    Debbie:  I like to know if its legal to monitor my kid's school with any kind device. I have issues with a CA school district. as a parent, i don't feel safe to send my kids to school. it feels like school is suspicious, i can see fear on my kids face from school authorities and his teacher. seems like school is avoiding parents invo

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  • Eligibility: PARENT REQUEST TESTING, SCHOOL REFUSES UNTIL RTI COMPLETE

    J:  My child has struggled every year. It's been 3 years so I've requested testing for my child but the school said they won't test till the "RTI..(?)" process has been exhausted. Can they

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  • IEP Compliance: IEP ISN’T BEING FOLLOWED, WHAT DO I DO?

    Tammy:  My son has an IEP, it is very well written and seems to contain all services, modifications, and accommodations that he needs. However, the IEP isn't being followed. He has not gotten all the services, accommodations, s b d modifications that are listed in the IEP. What do I

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  • Preschool: SPED SERVICES FOR PRESCHOOL STUDENTS

    Katie:  I live in a state that does not have mandatory Preschool and does not have a Pre-K program in each school district. My local school district does not have a Pre-K program, but there is a local Head Start program. My district special education director says that 3 to 5 year-olds with IEPs MUST enroll in the local Head Start program with whom the district has a Memorandum Of Understanding, or the district is not obligated to provide special education services. Is this accurate? What happens to preschool students with IEPs who live in a district where there is no Head Start, no preschool/day care, and no state pre-K

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  • Highly Qualified Teachers: NON-CERTIFIED SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

    Peter: I had an ARD meeting and I seemed to know more about special education procedures than the teacher. I looked up his certification and it has expired 3 years ago. What

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  • Letters: LETTER ABOUT ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY AND 504 PLAN

    Maria: My son is receiving 504 services in Ohio as a sophomore in high school. He has recently dropped a class, which has him now at 5 credits. He plays baseball, and now his principal is asking for a parent letter stating that we fully acknowledge that if he fails a class he will be ineligible to play due to the 5 credits, because of dropping this class. What would you suggest we include in this letter due to the 504 in place?

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  • IEPs: TIMELINE FOR DEVELOPING IEP WHEN STUDENT RE-ENROLLS

    Catherine:  Is there an Ohio Timeline for a student who enrolls in school AFTER their IEP has expired? At high school we get re-enrolled students who had dropped out before. They re-enroll with expired IEPs. I have just been told to "get around to it when possible". I would like an exact timeline, if there is one, I didn't locate a timeline for this on the state

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  • Response to Intervention (RTI): RTI DELAYING EVALUATION FOR MONTHS

    Stephanie:  I teach students with learning disabilities, and I am a parent af such a child. The state in which I teach has opted to follow the RTI process for determining a need for an evaluation for special education. Is there a faster way to evaluation if a child is extremely low academically and has already been held back? I understand about not over identifying, however it seems like a very long process for a child already two grade levels behind and the thirty year veteran teacher noting a major concern as well. As the special education teacher, I am asked this question often. Usually, it involves a child who has had a medical diagnosis of aspergers, ADHD, or may have speech/language services as well. I do not understand why we need to gather 8 to 10 data points over 16 to

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  • Age of Majority: 18 YR OLD, OWN ED RIGHTS HOLDER

    Pat:  Does a school district need to know the home address for a child's former surrogate ERH now that the child is 18? School district keeping developmentally disabled 18 yr old from school because of this. I cannot find the answer in any of the books I purchased. Thank

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  • Placement: CHANGE IN PLACEMENT

    Kristi: Please define Change in Placement for a child on an IEP. Is any change in time spent in a resource room considered a change in pl

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  • Compensatory Ed: SCHOOL INSISTS SLP DELIVER COMPENSATORY SPEECH SERVICES IN THE HOME

    Maxine: District was instructed through the courts to provide compensatory services for speech.  Director is ordering SLP to go to home to deliver services. Student is violent and SLP refuses to go. She said it is not safe.  Additionally she has 85 on her caseload and will not be able to service those on her caseload. Does she have to service the student in t

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  • Transportation: SCHOOL NOT PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE CHILD CANNOT ACCESS BUS STOP

    ME:  My son is a 6 year old student in NC. He uses a wheel chair because of his Cerebral Palsy. He also deaf and mute. He requires a bus with chair lift capabilities. The past 2 years his school bus has come to the house to pick him up and drop him off. This year the Transportation has bought a new bus which they claim is too long to turn into our driveway. Due to this they are requiring us to take him up the road approximately 2 tenths of a mile to meet the bus. He has not attended school so far this year because he cannot access the bus stop. Do you have information concerning his rights and also our rights as parents regarding transpo

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  • Transportation: SCHOOL TRANSPORT, AIDES NOT TRAINED TO CARE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

    Emoly:  My 6 yr old autistic son is put on a single bus with 6 children that have different needs. one girl is blind. One boy has medical problems and is in wheel chair. my son is on a bus for an hour half each way while stopping at 3 schools. The women are older and not trained. my son kicks and can get unruly. Each child has special needs and they are transported like cattle to sav

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  • Autism: NEED TEACHING STRATEGIES FOR CHILD WITH SEVERE AUTISM/ADHD

    Tara:  I have a student who has the most severe case of ADHD his therapist has ever seen (whose been practicing 20 years). He also has autism. We are trying weighted vests, visual timers, visual schedules, time outs, structured work/break times, and I have seen some improvement in just these first few weeks of school, but, I am looking for any and all strategies for students with both ADHD/Autism. He is in 1st grade but tests at 4th grade levels in some areas, yet resists sitting for any work-related task. Help please! I am a newbie and I have 7 other students who also deserve some love and attention. Not sure how to or where to even start with academics. So far it has all just been figuring out logistics, scheduling, routines, procedures, expectations, etc. What is realistic? Would love some guidance

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  • Retaliation: SON WAS SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF MY REQUEST FOR DOCUMENTATION

    Nick: Hi guys, thank so much for maintaining this site which is a godsend now that I've discovered it.  We have a 6 year old on the severe side of the spectrum. The school called us to come pick him up early as he was scratching his 1 on 1 aide, as well as another student. When I arrived the principal and his aide were calming him in a separate room. I asked if I needed to sign anything and they told me no, wasn't a suspension, I could just take him home for the day. When I insisted on the documentation they then complied and made us wait a good 45 minutes for it. I had been told to always get documentation for sent home early's, as it limits it to 10 days, at which time a district intervention is required.

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  • Services: PULLING OUT OF ART AND BAND TO IMPLEMENT IEP

    Danielle: I am having trouble with the school pulling my son out of his specials. I have asked for this to be stopped and the school has refused. Do I have the right as a parent to have them stop pulling my son from his specials and pull him during another time? He has dyslexia and really excels at art so I think it is very important for him to stay in ar

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  • Speech: PARENT WAS REFUSED TO SIT IN SPEECH GROUP SESSION

    Jackie: I live in CA and my daughter is 4 years old. We attend speech at our designated school. During the summer break, I was not notified by the district that they changed her speech teacher. She has been attending speech for 1 year and during this time I have always been in her sessions inside the classroom with other students. Since they got the new teacher, the new teacher said that I cannot attend her sessions. The teacher would be the one to take her to class and bring her back to me when my daughter's session is completed. This is due to other students in the classroom. In the past, I have had no issues with any other teacher. The school has let me attend all her sessions. Pls help as I would want to be with my daughter in

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  • FERPA: DELAY OF FERPA REVIEW BEFORE IEP MEETING

    Jenni: I have a question and hope you can help because I cannot seem to find the answer anywhere. Today at 4:20 I recieved an email informing us that we have an IEP mtg Friday (10/7/16). I don't mind that. We gave 3 dates and times to choose from on the 28th and today they chose that one. Fine. I also requested a FERPA review (which we have been always denied) because we filed a child complaint and the decision finally came through (9/12) that they do in fact have to give us access to what I want (IEP goal data). However, they said I would not be able to do the records review until Wednesday or Thursday. Does FERPA mandate what unnecessary delay means? Is there a time before a meeting that would no longer allow us to "meaningfully" participate? If

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  • Harassment: HOW DO I FILE A COMPLAINT?

    Denine: My son is diagnosed autistic and has had quite a number of incidences where a paraprofessional that works in the school says and does inappropriate things to him and I would like to file a complaint and or investigate the situation. how do I go about d

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