am a special educator who has worked in the field for more than 20 years.
I am having serious problems with my administration. I don’t know what
I returned to school this month, I found that the IEPs for several of
my students had been changed by the administration. Services like speech
therapy and P.T. were reduced or eliminated. Placements were changed.
Instead of mingling with other kids and being part of the student body,
several students were placed in self-contained classes. Most of these
students are labeled LD and have behavior problems. They can do well
in regular classrooms if they have support.
of these changes were made by the administration, without the parents’
knowledge or consent.
signature was “forged” on three IEPs. Other people’s signatures were
placed in IEPs when these individuals did not attend IEP meetings –
and when no IEP meeting was held.
don’t suggest that I talk to my supervisor. She’s a big part of the
problem. She has never worked in the classroom and is not knowledgeable
about special education. Special educators have learned that we cannot
trust her. She promises to do one thing, then does the opposite. Since
she took over, many regular ed teachers refuse to follow the students’
IEPs – there are no consequences for this. Many experienced, dedicated
special ed teachers did not return this year – we lost nearly one-third
of our special ed teaching staff.
background, I have an adult child with learning disabilities. Before
I became an educator, I was her advocate.
guess my real question is this: “How can people who work in the system
do the right thing and advocate for our children -- without losing our
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