My son with ADHD will be retained this year. He did not receive the services I felt he needed to increase his reading skills. He received an IEP only for expressive and receptive language skills. I have been paying for a tutor to try and help him increase his reading skills.
1. Can I make the school system pay for his tutoring, since poor teaching is the reason he is so far behind?
2. Where can I find the state law about retention?
I’ll answer the easy question first. To get your state regulations about retention, find your state Department of Education contact information on the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities. Ask where you can read a copy of the regs, or request your own copy.
You will need to educate yourself before you can get the school to educate your son. Here’s how…
Get an Independent Evaluation
You need a private sector evaluation for your child. IDEA calls for the team to use the most recent evaluation. Make sure your evaluation is complete and contains excellent recommendations. Then ask for a meeting of the IEP team to rewrite the IEP based upon this evaluation and its recommendations.
Revise the IEP to Meet Your Son’s Needs
It is unlikely the district will pay for private tutoring. You can always write a letter and ask. But concentrate on getting a decent IEP that addresses all of your son’s needs. Addressing his expressive and receptive language issues is not going to teach him to read.
Neither is retaining him.
Preventing Reading Failure
Information on Writing IEPs
Information about Grade Retention
Find Your State Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Find a Local Chapter of CHADD
Find Your State Resources in the Yellow Pages
Find Your Parent Training and Information Center