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  • Private Schools: DO PRIVATE SCHOOLS HAVE TO COMPLY WITH IDEA?

    Lisa:  Do private special education schools still need to follow IDEA? Do they have to adhere to the 3 year age gap limit? What happens if the

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  • Educational Records: RELATED SERVICES RECORDS AND NOTES

    Rene:  We have requested a copy of our kids school records (both SN with IEPs) and they did not include any notes from the related service providers (OT, Speech, etc). Our school district says that they only use IEP Direct to document for Medicaid reimbursement, which we don not qualify. Are they required to keep session notes for related services and do we as parents have access to this? How can we check that our kids received all sessions if its not doc

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  • Educational Benefit: HOW TO SHOW AN EDUCATIONAL IMPACT?

    Loren:  My daughter age 17 in 11th grade has had an IEP since 5th grade. This year the removed her IEP without my signature because they said she can access the curriculum and "no educational impact". I got an IEE a dx of dyslexia. Still the district wouldn't consider her disability impacting her education and further refused assistive technology. I requested a 504, got that signed on 5/2 with AT but she had another test in AP history on 5/11/15 and the school refused to read her the question because the assistive technology was not available. She got a 64% on the test that they made her take without assistive technology. Her GPA is 3.75 and she passes the class because she does every extra credit assignment, lunch tutoring with the teacher, before school study groups etc. for extra credit. In a

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  • Placement: GENERAL EDUCATION CLASS

    Pua:  Is there law that would say it's illegal for all sped kids to be placed in one homeroom class? My children's school has 2 classes per grade level. There is one teacher responsible for all the sped students....ie. 2 first grade classes: 1 teacher all gen ed ,and the other teacher some general ed and all the Special Education students. Also, there is a teacher who has been placed in a special education classroom that consists of inclusion, resource, and FSC 4th and 5th grade students. Is this a violation of the student

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  • IEP Compliance: NOT FOLLOWING A TRANSITION PLAN ON IEP

    Anonymous:  I am a paraprofessional at a high school where two students are not receiving services in accordance with their transition plan. The case manager has lied to both sets of parents and the other paras working with those students will not speak up for fear of losing their jobs. I am willing to file a complaint but would want to do so anon

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  • Bullying: A PRINCIPAL THAT IS A BULLY

    William:  The school principal is a bully. I have called the school board, they call him, and has caused my daughter more problems. what c

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  • Related Services: ACCESS TO NOTES BY THERAPISTS

    Mitch:  our child's school contracts with a local OT, PT, and ST clinic. We have asked for copies of their notes, but have been told by the clinic, the school has the notes. We have asked the school and have been told those are clinic and not documents of the school and the notes are in the quarterly progress reports. We only get one sentence in the progress report. Nothing provided is S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely). What can we do to obtain those notes as if i ask for them from the OT and ST visited outside of school, I can get th

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  • Discrimination: SCHEDULING SPORTS GAMES SAME DAY AS SAT, HAD TO WAIVE EXTENDED TIME

    Alexandra:  Hi. Is there any legal ramification for a high school scheduling a sports game on the same day as the SAT at 1030 in the morning? My daughter had to waive her college board approved extended time accommodation ( we had to come into the school the morning of the SAT to sign waiver) so she could get to her game on time. Pleas

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  • Tests and Assessments: EDUCATIONAL TESTING

    Rachel:  We would like to have our six year old daughter tested. She is having trouble reading. We will be paying for the testing ourselves and want to provide the information to the teacher next year so that the school can address our child's educational needs. We would like to have the best testing possible done. Is there a list of testers or do you have a recommendation on whom to use for the testing. We can do the test in any of the following cities where we have family: New York; Miami; Denve

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  • Re-Evaluations: PARENT REQUEST NOT TO REEVALUATE

    Karen:  If a parent requests that their child not have a triennial evaluation, when is the next evaluation due? Three mor

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  • Placement: TRANSFER NEEDED BECAUSE OF SEVERE ANXIETY

    Bunny:  is there away to either receive compensation to go to a private school or get a transfer approved to a different high school. My child has severe anxiety and the school has mishandled her situation to the point that returning to the home school is out of the question. there is no trust between us and them. they recommended an alternative school that is problematic because it is a rough crowd. this is known through interviews with a few parents that had put their children there. We requested a transfer and were turn

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  • Eligibility: DENIED INITIAL ELIGIBILITY, ARTICULATION NOT SEVERE ENOUGH

    Stephanie:  My son is one month shy of five years of age. He meets the eligibility criteria under the state's ed code where we live. The school says his errors are "not severe enough." It seems more like they run a specific special education classroom - only for moderate to severe disabilities. So that's it? They can exclude him because they don't have a mild to moderate speech and language teacher? When I mentioned RTI, they agreed! They offered 1 day a week for 3 weeks for speech group. I don't und

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  • Consent: WHO HAS IEP SAY, PARENTS OR FOSTER PARENT

    Cath:  Helping a family, but I have received two different answers. Who does the school need to get permission from for IEP, denial of services, etc...parents whose rights are not terminated or foster parents where custody remains w

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  • Transportation: BUS SERVICE FOR MY AGGRESSIVE SON, IDD, AUTISM AND MI

    Aimee: My son has been riding the bus since he was 5. He has become verbally aggressive towards the driver and aid, and sadly with the other students. He has a current FBA,FA and bus service has had training. Can I request for a private bus so he can get to school safety and not hurting

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  • Unique Needs: SCHOOL SAYS NEEDS EXCEED RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN REGULAR EDUCATION ROOM

    Kimberly:  Our son has a reading and writing disability. He is mainstreamed in a private school with support and will be transitioning to our public high school. The public school reevaluation report stated that our son "...continues to exhibit a moderate degree of need for specially designed instruction in reading fluency/reading comprehension and written expression. His needs in these academic areas exceed the resources available in the regular education environment." Does the statement "His needs in these academic areas exceed the resources available in the regular education environment" mean the district will not put him in classes with peers? We found this statement disturbing as we would like our son in classes with his peers. Is it legal to keep him separated from his peers because of lack of re

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  • IEP Team: EX BRINGING NEW PARTNER TO IEP

    Kimberly: My son has an IEP coming up and my ex husband has requested to bring his new partner to the IEP. I do not believe it is necessary for her to come and would rather her not be there. Do I have any rights or say in this

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  • IEPs: ANNUAL DATE BASIS

    Margie:  Is an annual IEP based on the date it was signed or what's indicated on

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  • Parent Rights: ARE PARENTS REQUIRED TO SIT IN SPECIAL ED CLASSROOM?

    Lisa: Can the public school system in NYC demand a parent sit with their child for a few days or they can't return to

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  • Consent: CAN A TEACHER “PRESENT” STUDENT TO INTERVENTION TEAM WHEN PARENT OBJECTS?

    Kae: My daughter's teacher brought up at the last School conference of the year that she wanted to present her to their Student intervention team. My husband and I said no that we would rather help her at home and do not agree with the teacher. A couple days afterwards I received an email stating that she was still going to present her anyway so I emailed her back saying she does not have my consent. Is it legal for her to go ahead with "presenting" her

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  • Placement: FORCED FROM HOMESCHOOL TO RESIDENTIAL CENTER

    Jason:  Can a school district force a special needs student who is in a homeschool program to transition into a residential center for educational p

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  • Complaints: TITLE 1 FUNDS FOR PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT SCHOOL STUDENTS

    Linda:  We have discovered that our school district is receiving Title 1 funds in the millions but has not made the funds for tutoring or transportation to a non Program Improvement school available to the low income struggling students who are entitled to it or even told families about the mandated program at all. What can we do about this? Our family has filed a complaint with State of California Title 1, but California is currently being sued for not providing the oversite of special education compliance so we don't have a lot of faith in the California compliance system

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  • Bullying: RIGHTS OF STUDENTS IN GENERAL ED VS. SPECIAL ED

    CMD:  what are the rights of a 3rd grade girl who is being bullied by a special education boy. He ask girls to unzip their coats so he can see their shirts, if they don't do it he hits this little girl. He won't let her use a red crayon without hitting her. If he gets mad or has a melt down, he comes back to class and goes to her cubbie and throws her things a round. If some turns a way he doesn't like he hits her. She is terrified. Why does his rights allow him to hurt her all scho

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  • Graduation: REMAINING IN SCHOOL PAST 18

    Phyllis:  My son is going to be a senior next year. I would like for him to remain in school past 18 years in order for him to have a chance to mature prior to entering a post graduate program at college. The school is saying that they feel that that if he has his requirements (which he will) he will need to graduate and cannot return to school until he reaches 21. If we choose to have him stay in school after 18, he will not be allowed to walk the stage with the rest of his class. I just would like some clarification as to what the law states. Thank you so much in

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  • IEPs: UNABLE TO FINISH TRIENNIAL IEP

    Kim:  My son has had a speech and occupational therapy IEP for years. He is in 2nd grade and I initiated an autism screening many months ago. The district is now holding a triennial IEP, listing autism as the disability. There has not been an occupational therapist in the district since my son started at this school many moths ago. They are now saying that because they can't do the occupational therapy assessment this will remain as an "open" IEP. So, my son has to continue to wait for the changes in services and modifications pending the "closure" of this IEP. Is this legal? How long can they hold this IEP

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  • Section 504: IEP TO 504 FOR COLLEGE

    Andrea:  I currently have a private school student ready to graduate from private school. His IEP expired 5 years ago and he has been on a Service Plan since then. I will be asking his college to write the 504. Do I have to have an IEP exit meeting before I can apply for a 50

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  • Teacher Issues: TEACHER SPECIAL ED. HEADCOUNT

    Sherry: I teach a separate setting classroom but also help with students who have similar goals in areas of literacy. For example is a student is in need of letter id, comprehension, or sightwords and that is all they qualified for and I am assigned to that student. The county asks me to serve the student in the area of need but will not allow me to include that student on my headcount, instead the students name is on another teachers headcount in the school who does not work with the student. Is this legal? Why would they want a student to be listed on a headcount of a teacher who does not work wi

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  • Transition to Middle School: MIDDLE SCHOOL WANTS TO REDUCE MY SON’S CURRICULUM

    Paula:  We just had a transition meeting with my son's new IEP team from middle school. They told us that they want to put him in resource Math, Language Arts - which will teach part of the grade curriculum as well as remove science completely. They are pressuring us to accept this arrangement. In the past too the school district would just sail him through grades with barely completed work. I am concerned that with this rate he will not know enough to go to college. How can we make the school provide complete grade level curriculum with more 1:1 support to achieve it? Is there are way we can include before or after school study time supported by an aide in the IEP that can help him catch up to missed class work or l

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  • Documentation: ARE SCHOOLS REQUIRED TO KEEP RECORDS OF A CHILD’S ATTENDANCE AT SERVICES?

    Denise:  My daughter is claiming that she has not been pulled out for math intervention every day, as required by her IEP. When I asked her case manager (who happens to be the math resource teacher) for a list of dates my daughter was served and the areas worked upon, the case manager said she doesn't "take attendance." Isn't some kind of documentation mandatory? How do I handle this, and what recourse do I have (i.e., having the district make up the services over the summer

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  • Teacher Issues: FUNDING FOR GEN ED TEACHERS

    CJ:  Just a curious question, if a general ed teacher(algebra, or geometry, or etc) has a special education inclusion teacher or assistant in the classroom every class, and the class was an inclusion class, would there be any funding for the general education teacher's

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  • Evaluations: INITIAL EVALUATION REQUEST DENIED

    Terri:  Illinois Law contains language describing criteria that must be met in order for an LEA to deny a parent's request for initial evaluation. Is Illinois out of order? Does the absence of IDEA language regarding whether an LEA must honor a parent's request for an initial evaluation afford States the right to indicate situations in which a request for initial evaluation may be

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