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1. Is it Legal to Send Special Ed Kids Home Early?
A parent writes, "In my district, special ed kids are sent home from school early - from 30 minutes to one hour earlier than 'regular ed' students. When I asked about this, I was told, 'All special ed students are released early, that's the rule.' Is this legal?"
continue to receive questions from parents and teachers about
school districts that have one set of rules about transportation
for "special ed kids" and a different set of rules for
it Legal to Send Special Ed Kids Home Early?, we answer your
questions. When parents unite and work together, they are a powerful
force. This article describes how a group of parents organized
and brought a successful OCR complaint against a powerful school
system in Virginia.
2. Success Story: How I Got 140 Hours of Compensatory Ed for My Child
"One evening my wife mentioned that the school released the special ed kids earlier than the regular ed kids. In fact, the school released our son (who has autism) 27 minutes earlier than they released nondisabled students -- every day."
In How I got 140 Hours of Compensatory Education for My Child, this father will tell you what he did, how he did it, what he accomplished, and share mistakes he made in negotiating for compensatory education. Read Success Story
Learn how other parents used information from Wrightslaw and common sense to resolve problems and get better services for their children in Wrightslaw Success Stories.
For parents, obstacles to effective advocacy include lack of information, isolation, and emotions. Learn how to use tactics and strategies to anticipate problems, manage conflict, and avoid crises in the Special Education Advocacy section.
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4. Tips: Taking Care of Yourself
a child with special educational needs can be overwhelming.
If you are not careful, special education can consume your
life. Many parents drive themselves until they are exhausted
and burned out.
Pace yourself. Listen to tapes about time management. Use a schedule to gain control of your life. Spend time with friends or family to recharge your batteries and regain a healthy perspective.
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