Moving to a “better” school district for special education in Kansas

It can be overwhelming to move to a different district inbannerad01rolldice order to risk the chance to get a better education for our child.  Some parents go to this extreme.

But is this parent gambling?  Often, yes.  Hurdles may still exist.  Staff changes, school-board budgets emphasize varying priorities, and other variables exist.

This parent may have unknowingly allowed the former school district to make the schooling problem the parent’s problem.  School advocates are available to show the parent school’s problem and ways it can be effectively addressed.

Parents of student’s in Leavenworth school district, Osawotamie school district and  Shawnee Mission school districts used our advocate to learn about the system and make a difference for their child.

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IEP meetings in Kansas not always beneficial for IEP student

Often public school staff will insist on an IEP meeting when the child’s experience is not agreeable to the student or parent.  Sometimes an IEP meeting arranged by the school 100_0669staff  is done to insure that the program will take place how the school staff prefer.. Decisions made in such an IEP meeting  may or may not be compliant with state regulations, nor appropriate for the student.

The unknowing parent trusts the school so easily go along with the idea and shows up for the IEP meeting.  Many times, an IEP meeting is not necessary.

For example, a high school student might want to take different classes than those assigned by the school counselor, or, changes to the sequence of classes.

Many accessibility issues often can be addressed without an IEP meeting; such as  participating in activities that all students participate (assemblies, bus rides, field trips, lunch time, etc.).

Schools sometimes tell parents

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“we don’t do that here”, or “that’s not available here”.   Parents can be assertive and e-mail in requests for services that are appropriate for the child who has an IEP, prior to an IEP meeting.  Often, the e-mail is more effective than an IEP meeting.

Parents need to be suspicious when told that an IEP student has to drop their special ed status in order to participate in regular ed classes.  Don’t be bamboozled!  Use our advocate to help you decide if your child is getting an appropriate program.

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Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns may eliminate opportunities for correction.

We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to school meetings, manifestation determination hearings, and mediations.

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©2018 Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ are  civil rights advocates.  Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC advocates have special knowledge related to the problems of children with disabilities. We are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  We do not represent parents or children.  We are not licensed to practice law in any state. Consult an attorney.  Nothing in this blog is to be considered legal advice. We offer low-cost service

 

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Fixing IEP problems at public school in Kansas

Let’s examine what parents attempt to  fix IEP problems. But is that really the issue that needs addressed? Perhaps it’s something more.

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Parents can have more control

Hypothetically, let’s say a child had needs/goals that went unaddressed or misaddressed for an entire school year, and as a result, the child now struggles more and has significantly regressed because of the public school’s failures.

Parents commonly pursue resolving this dilemma by:

  1. request another IEP meeting
  2. have meetings (not IEP meetings) with administratorsphotoboybooks
  3. call or take a friend to help
  4. call a case manager from a different system to go to a meeting

Did any of these help the child recover from the regression?

Other parents commonly pursue resolving this dilemma in these ways:

  1. contact a non-profit agency who trains parents
  2. contact a non-profit whose staffer or volunteer goes to an IEP meeting (sometimes waiting for weeks to get processed in a system)

Did any of these help the child recover from the regression?the-iep-center

Congress has avenues in place for parents to pursue correction and regression. There are ways to press a public school to be accountable, and perhaps offer to make up for their errors.  We know the steps parents can take to pursue letting the school “make up” for their errors.

Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Begging in the meeting usually doesn’t work.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction. Time is your enemy.

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Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns may eliminate opportunities for correction.

We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to school meetings with parents.

©2018  Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities. We are civil rights advocates.   We are not attorneys and do not give advice. We are not licensed to practice law in any state. We do not represent anyone.  Consult an attorney.

 

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school lockdown in Kansas City; parents struggle to find children

Oak Park High School in Kansas City, MO, on Monday had a  lockdown resulting in transport of entire school body to a nearby high school where the traffic made for gridlock.  Worried parents were not sure where there children were; especially those children who did not have or use a cell phone or device.

Parents of special needs students can rely on a tracking device especially for our children; it relies on GPS and cell service; the parent can watch live tracking on desktop, cell or other device.  Features include activating our designated set of “first responders”, and to receive notifications during or outside regular routes of travel.

This is amazing with my adult daughter; her staff drives her many places often not knowing exactly where they are.  I now know where they are!  I  get text messages as she goes from one point to another.  The emitting device is in a dark sleeve secured to underneath  her wheelchair.   It can be secured to inside pockets, pant legs, backpacks, etc. Only the parent with the special swipe tool can disengaged the securing knobs (it’s easy).

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Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ provides information to parents regarding the problems of children with disabilities. We are civil rights advocates.   We are not attorneys and do not give advice. We are not licensed to practice law in any state. We do not represent anyone.  Consult an attorney.

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We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to school meetings with parents.

 

Parent requests “blown off” by IEP team Kansas

Parent asked IEP team to re-evaluate the student during the IEP meeting.  Administrator tells the parent the school will do the reevaluation in the fall since it’s so close to the end of the school year (teachers who were present did not comment).  Also, parent asked for more time in therapy to develop language/speech skills; parent was told that would not be possible since the schedule of the school would not have time.100_0666

These delays and refusals are typical and parents should expect the district to provide a documented response from the school.

It’s what a parent doesn’t know that can deprive children of needed services.  We go to  school meetings with parents.

Don’t be bamboozled!  Waiting and hoping for problems to go away allows our children to regress.  Hoping the problem will go away will only delay getting the problem addressed.  Waiting too long to address concerns eliminates opportunities for correction.  Parents can have more control than they often realize!

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We are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  We do not represent parents or children.  We are not licensed to practice law in any state. Consult an attorney.  Nothing in this blog is to be considered legal advice. We offer low-cost services.

©2017 Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ are  civil rights advocates.  Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC advocates have special knowledge related to the problems of children with disabilities.