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  • Teacher Issues: NON LICENSED TEACHERS

    Yessenia: What I can do if I found out my kids school has non Licensed t

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  • Transportation: SCHOOL BUS ACCOMMODATIONS

    Laura:  As I understand it, busses must make accommodations because they are contracted through the school. My son has a 504 due to Type 1 diabetes and the bus company is refusing to have the drivers trained for emergency situations and how to treat emergency low blood glucose (which entails just giving him sugar - not even a medication!). At this point I'm just wondering where I can get documentation - a copy of the law that says this - to show them their responsibility

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  • Goals: SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER REFUSING TO PUT IN GOALS

    Nydia:  I have a class list with students I do not have in any class. I am being told that I have to put in goals for these students, who have the class with the special education

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  • Accommodations: SAT ACCOMMODATIONS APPROVED BY COLLEGE BOARD BUT TEST CENTER DENIES ACCOMMODATIONS

    Elena:  Are my son's civil rights being violated if the test center says that "they don't think they have the staffing or the technology to support Dragon NaturallySpeaking" or speech-to-text software accommodation for the SAT exam and that we should "find a 2nd choice testing site or contact the College Board" instead. The College Board approved Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the essay portion of the exam on Nov. 8th. I received letter on Nov. 21. My son is homeschooled but we live in the school district. The school district has only one school that administers the SAT exam. I notified the school in Sept. that he was registered for exam in Jan. and that I was waiting for the college board to approve assistive technology for exam and I wanted to know what AT software they use for SAT exam. I sent an

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  • Consent: CAN A SCHOOL CONTACT A DOCTOR WITHOUT PARENT CONSENT?

    Sara: Can a school contact a doctor on homebound services without parental

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  • Evaluations: ILLEGAL ETR COMPLIANCE

    Teresa:  My principal is in charge of Initial Evaluations. He did an initial ETR on a 6th grade student completely incorrectly (no assessment/observations included, only him, the parent and the psych at the meeting etc etc) The psych report indicated no academic goals but perhaps Behavior goals. I have no referral information, no doctor diagnosis. Mom says student is has PTSD. Our special ed director said we need to stay in compliance and have the IEP done in 30 days. The alleged ETR was signed on December 1, 2016 and she said its due Jan 1, 2017. We have Christmas break in there and I have no data from interventions, no doctor information, no observation information so nothing for Present Levels and therefore I have no idea what she needs to be successful at school. Frankly her grades are ok and I

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  • IEP Termination: SCHOOL WANTS TO TAKE AWAY IEP SINCE CHILD HAS GREAT GRADES

    Roxanne: My son is in 10th grade. IEP since first grade. Never re-evaluated as he was doing great and we were happy with his IEP and accommodations. His IEP was for special learning disability due to poor performance in language. He also has ADHD, severe anxiety with panic attacks and depression. None of those are in the IEP. He has always got extra time on all testing. Since he is making Honors the school wants to reevaluate him with the intention to remove him from the program. All he wants is extra time on tests due to his medical issues and his poor handwriting which slows down his essays but also his math calculations. Should I push for OHI and try to keep his IEP or try to get accommodations through a 504? I asked that he not be reevaluated but they

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  • Autism: SCHOOL WORK WELL BELOW STUDENT’S ABILITY – WV

    Susan: I have a client w autism who has left Texas to live in West Virginia. The school they enrolled him in has him doing work that is not where his abilities are. Parents are at a loss. What can

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  • Section 504: CAN A SCHOOL DENY A 504 PLAN REQUESTED BY A PEDIATRICIAN?

    Jen:  My daughter is 7 years old and has been diagnosed with Anxiety. She has started having anxiety attacks at school, usually during lunch when she is required to sit in a large lunchroom filled with loud students and teachers. This is not the only situation, but an example. Our pediatrician submitted a letter for a 504 plan and the school has advised they will review to see if it is warranted or will deny it. Is this possible? They have not reached out to our pediatrician and now are calling for a meeting for me to come in to school to have a meeting with their ESAP team (Team of teachers, speech therapy, nurse, guidance counselor, her teachers and principal) to decide if it is wa

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  • Response to Intervention (RTI): RTI VS. SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

    Ann:  Is this legal? Some of our Special Ed teachers are providing Tier ll Interventions to regular ed students in addition to trying to maintain a caseload of approx. 16 students and teaching Basic or Fundamental classes at the high school level. (This is part of their teaching assignment two periods. Special Ed students can be assigned to Intervention even if they are receiving support in a Directed Studies Math or English class. Due to this, those classes are mainly made up of regular education students.) Many of our Special Ed students are currently failing various regular ed classes who could be supported during that same time frame. Should Special Education teachers be providing Tier ll services to regular education students in addition to their already heavy workload with their IEP s

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  • Parent-School Relationship: SCHOOL WILL NOT RESPOND TO OUR COMMUNICATION

    Catherine:  The school staff & therapists will not respond to our emails. We were told to communicate once a week to director of special ed only and she will respond back within 3 days . Is this legal? What ca

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  • Eligibility: IS THE SCHOOL REQUIRED TO INITIATE AN IEP?

    Rachel:  I must be the most ill informed parent ever, because I had never heard of an IEP until my 3yro started speech therapy. This is about my 14 year old son. He was diagnosed ADD/ADHD ODD in the second grade after the school suggested I have him looked at for behavioral issues. He was 7 at the time we received his diagnosis and I shared with the school. Every year since at the beginning of each year I fill out the forms that give a medical history and each year it states traumatic brain injury, ADD/ADHD, and a bee allergy. I keep meds at the school incase we miss a dose and I speak to each teacher at the beginning of the year and tell him he has ADD/ADHD, and again we talk about it at parent teacher conferences. Every year

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  • Suspensions: ADHD AND BEHAVIOR PROBLEM

    Rita:  My son is a 11 yrs old he have ADHD and behavior problem he is on IEP but the school keeps suspending him. every week the school sends him home for two days. The school can do that

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  • Evaluations: SCHOOL EVALUATED WITHOUT PERMISSION

    LC:  Last year we had a Sensory Eval completed on our child and the school's been following a sensory diet since then. I just received home a sensory diet and what seems to me to be a new sensory evaluation. I was never asked for permission to reevaluate nor did anyone even go over this report with me. There is scoring on this report which makes me think it's an actual eval even though the teacher says they do it every year or when they see problems. T

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  • Goals: OSERS POLICY GUIDANCE ON CONTENT STANDARDS GOALS

    Michelle:  OSERS issued a policy guidance document (shown on website - dtd 11-16-2015) indicating that IEP goals must align with the state's grade level curriculum/content standards. However, IEP goals must be individualized for the student. This seems very conflicting, especially for those students who have fallen significantly behind the grade level curriculum. So how should a parent tailor an IEP for students who functionally, are unable to meet the grade level curriculum? I.e. those reading well below grade level content, those students who lack basic skills necessary to meet curriculum st

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  • Reading: SON IS 9 AND DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO READ, NO ONE WILL HELP

    Maria:  I have a son in the 4th grade that is on medication for ADHD. he is always in trouble. they had him sign a paper that he couldn't go to school on 12/06/16. I really don't know what to do anymore cause everyone knows everyone in this town. the school doesn't help me or none of the children here. most kids don't know how to read. I have 5 kids in two small town schools, but I feel they don't help my son with anything. he 9 years old and doesn't know how to read. I don't understand what a advocate does. when I called, they said he has one, but no body helps. What c

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  • Due Process: DUE PROCESS TIMELINE

    Cheri:  I live in MI. How long after an IEP do I have to file due process and receive a "st

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  • IEP Team: 3 YEAR RE-EVALUATION EXCUSAL OF GENERAL ED TEACHER FROM MEETING

    Laurie:  Can a general education teacher be excused from a 3 year evaluation and IEP, if the LEA and parent agree in writing for them to be

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  • Transition: LOSS OF SCHOLARSHIPS, NEED DUAL ENROLLMENT

    Rhea:  I have a Autistic son who is a senior. 12th in his class given college book award & state scholarship for tuition (MCAS scores).  His team however knows he has not been given FAPE on transition. School is in agreement he still is entitled to continued transitional services. Here lies the problem. I want to reject his diploma and keep him on IEP with dual enrollment (college) & life coach services. School wants to graduate him put him on 504 and have him enroll in part time college classes. I don't want him to lose his opportunities for scholarships (due to districts lack of FAPE). Has anyone run into this before? I can't find anything under Transitional

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  • Transportation: AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

    Bunny:  Hi I am trying to ascertain whether the school district (in my case OPT in NYC) has to provide transportation home so my son can do an after school program. He has never participated because I cannot get him home. Plea

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  • Transportation: TRANSPORTATION AND DISTANCE FROM SCHOOL

    Antoinette:  Can a school deny a child who has a mental or physical issue who NEEDS transportation (who would not make it to school on their own) because of how CLOSE or FAR they live to the school. We are a walking distric

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  • Accommodations: IEP ACCOMMODATION REQUEST FOR ORGANIZATIONAL HELPER

    Jennifer:  I have a 13 year old with a cognitive and medical IEP. She suffers from Epilepsy. Her organizational skills are not where we should be, requested that the school offer an organizational helper in the beginning 15 minutes of school to prep her for the day, and for 15 minutes at the end of the day to make sure that she has all materials needed to complete assignments at home. I have been informed that the school "doesn't think they can do both, morning and afternoon." The organizational helper they have is only in the morning. May I request an afternoon teacher to take on that responsibility? We have an IEP meeting 12/19 and we are trying to make sure that we have all spel

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  • Advocacy: ODD ADHD MILD NEUROCOGNITIVE DISORDER – WHERE DO I START?

    Jeanine:  Don't know where to start. My son has hydrocephalus, eye problems, and was just diagnosed with ODD, ADHD, and Mild Neuro cognitive disorder and might be on the spectrum but the doctor needs to look at the test

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  • Paraprofessionals: AIDE VS PARAPROFESSIONAL IN TEXAS

    Lindsey:  What is the definition of an aide and a paraprofessional in the states of Texas? Then what are their responsibilities? My daughter with profound Nonverbal Learning Disorder needs a support person with her at all times that understands NLD and can support her appropriately by talking to her and saying the correct things. Not, "Oh Katy, you choose to be happy and "see this is why you should have gone to class". I am trying desperately to help Katy stay in school half days and the support staff lacks training. Katy also has a rare form of ovarian

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  • Section 504: CAN SCHOOL DOCTOR INSIST ON CONVERSATION WITH PRIVATE PEDIATRICIAN OUTSIDE OF 504 PLANNING MTG?

    Lisa:  Child is diagnosed with IBS. All medical diagnosis and signed documentation paperwork from pediatrician submitted to school. Despite this, is school now allowed to insist that the school doctor speak directly w/ the pediatrician? Pediatrician is questioning need for it, among many reasons, for confidentiality issues. Concerned the school is "fishing" for a reason to reject the request by insisting that their doctor speak to the pediatrician, outside the normal 504 meeting process where all parties can be a part of the conversation. Is school allowed to insist on such a conve

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  • Homebound Instruction: SPED STUDENT HOMEBOUND DUE TO DEPRESSION NEEDS REDUCED WORKLOAD

    Sue:  9th grade OHI student with ADHD and Dysgraphia is now homebound for the remainder of the school year (physician's written request) due to severe depression. The doctor stated to the school in writing that the student MUST have a reduced workload - but the school is refusing to do this. What can/should be done to make sure that this happens?

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  • Dyslexia: SCHOOL SAYS MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN SPED SERVICES OR BAND

    Shelly:  My son receives Special Education Services as a student with a specific LD. He also has been identified as a student with Dyslexia in addition to the LD. In elementary, my son received the Dyslexia service and showed progress in his reading. Now that he has moved to middle school, the school states that he has to choose between his elective class of Band, or his dyslexia class. I have argued that they are violating IDEA for my son. IDEA specifically states that he should have equal opportunities to participate in non academic classes as his non disabled peers. They are stating that his opportunity is to choose between classes. I am very upset, because I can not seem to get him his services. Plea

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  • Grades: MODIFIED GRADE FOR SEVERELY DISABLED KIDS. IS THIS LEGAL?

    Mike:  Severely disabled students who are cognitively from 6 months to 2 years old have been placed in my middle school computer classroom for “mainstreaming.” Many are more like 6 months to 1 year old, cognitively. Most do not speak. Some do not move. They don’t read or write. They cannot type. I have been told I can basically ignore the legal curriculum and base their “modified”grades in computers strictly on IEP goals, such as “student attempts task, remains calm during instructions, directs gaze.” In other words, they don’t have to do anything on the computer. The district special ed department tells me that the state of California would consider this a “modification” of the computer curriculum, even though they are throwing out the curriculum (Microsoft Excel, typing, etc.) completely. They directed me to the following website for proof that this is

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  • Native American: ETHNICITY AND IEPS

    Robin:  Does Ethnicity play a part in what can/cannot be done to a child through the school system? My child is half native American and I was wondering if I should try to enlist the tribe as an a

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  • Complaints: LEGALLY BLIND STUDENT DENIED VISION SVCS 7 YRS, PLACED IN EBD

    Bwright: Just found out my child was not receiving vision svcs in school 7 years. misdiagnosed autistic now requesting ebd placement. removed and student go to boarding school for deaf and blind but current school board wont admit to lies and disability discrimination. I've filed complaint with ocr. State complaint. And mediation request. No avail as

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