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Margaret:  My high school student is allowed extra time for test but a bigger issue is the amount of homework given and the time it takes her to complete . I am told by the school that they can not accommodate homework and decrease the load. Their response is that she will just have to get lower grades. So she either has to turn something in incomplete and not understand the concepts or chase her tail trying to complete several days worth of homework and hope it isn’t marked off for being late. She has inattentive add and the anxiety that goes along with it. She also suffers from some medical issues that cause chronic fatigue. She needs to sleep!! Not stay up late doing homework.

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There is no legal reason that I am aware of that they cannot reduce classwork & homework. Ask the special ed director in writing for the rule that says they cannot do this. Request an IEP meeting to discuss this situation. Your state special ed parent training & information center can assist you.