Services / Terminating: SCHOOL SAYS THEY WILL TAKE IEP AWAY

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Vanessa:  My daughter’s IEP for decoding and encoding is a year old. The school has refused to adopt Orton Gillingham based instruction for her pull out to special ed. We tried the push in model as classroom help. the spec ed says they will take her IEP away of she does not meet with spec ed. Is there a way to write the new IEP goals so that they can me evaluated by her teachers for the classroom goals?

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SharonL

Vanessa, I understand that the school does not have to add names of programs to the IEP however they can add a list of what Orton Gillingham will do for the child. In other words we wanted to have items added to the IEP that met Alphabetic Phonics for our son and the school would not put the name of the program but were willing to put the objectives of that program.

Jill G

Vanessa –

The school cannot “take the IEP away” without first re-evaluating your daughter. I hope that protection gives you some peace of mind!

I suggest that you to beat them to the chase, and have her reevaluated now. You want an updated IEP and goals that will better meet her needs. Evaluation is your best bet for getting that. A quality evaluation should give both you and the school a clear idea of what her needs are and how to best educate her.

If you can obtain an outside evaluation, I would encourage you to go that route. If not, an evaluation from the school can still be helpful. You can always exercise your right to a publicly-funded independent evaluation if needed.

Sophie

Vanessa, you can propose the goals that you think should be in the IEP. You are an equal member of the committee.