Jacqueline: My daughter is in middle school (6th grade). Her IEP is written so that she spends part of her day in the CDC, but goes to two regular education classes (Science and Social Studies) and two electives (band and P.E.) during the week – she spends over half of her school day with her CDC class.
Regular education teachers said she has trouble focusing with pace and complexity. At annual IEP all teachers seemed to be trying to get me to agree to pull my daughter out of reg ed classes. I requested part day, work in small groups, projects. They have not tried different methods to keep her interested or engaged.
We agreed in the meeting to try her for at least 30 minutes. When I received a hard copy of the IEP, however, the wording was changed to imply that she would go to those classes at the discretion of her teachers. Then I learned she has not been going to her Social Studies class for several weeks – even before this IEP meeting. My daughter said she was told she didn’t go because she “didn’t pay attention”.
I sent a request to my daughter’s special ed teacher/case manager, asking her to change the wording in the Prior Written Notice to reflect what we agreed upon in the IEP meeting.
What my options are if they continue to try to keep my daughter out of her regular ed classes, and what our rights are to have my daughter included in these classes with necessary supports and accommodations?