Special Education: NOT the Resource Room, the Classroom in the Trailer, or the Special School Across Town

Does my daughter, who has an IEP, have to be served by resource classes or can she be totally in mainstream classrooms? “Special education” under IDEA is not a place Continue Reading →

Alternative Placement for “Assignment Refusal” – a Helpful Strategy?

What does the law state regarding a student who is in mainstream classes yet refuses to do any assignments? He just doesn’t care. The staff has made extra effort to Continue Reading →

“What is the Law about Evaluations?” – a psychologist asks

I am a high school psychologist. What is the law for students who have already been tested 2 times. Colleges and our state Voc/Ed  Services tell me I need to Continue Reading →

Is There a Legal Definition of Self Contained Classroom?

I am a special education teacher. I have some concerns and questions about how students are receiving the mandated special ed services. 1. Is there a legal definition of self-contained Continue Reading →

Parent Involvement in Placement Decisions

My child attends school ‘out of district’ because our district had no program for a multiple needs-high needs student. He has one year left of school (age 20). Now the Continue Reading →

WOW! Never Thought my Letter Would Show up in the Special Ed Advocate

I just reviewed your Summer School for Parents: Lesson #4. I am the mom who wrote about the need for a particular type of placement for my son with autism. Continue Reading →