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.

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who to take to IEP meeting in Kansas

Parents:  you can invite people to attend your child’s IEP meeting.  We are not aware of any regulation that requires parents to inform the public school whom a parent brings.  Parents have more control over planning our child’s schooling than we often realize!

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One of the most overlooked people to invite is the paraprofessional(s) who work with the student.  Parents can notify the special ed administrator in advance that the parent is inviting the para.  Often the para is the person at the school who knows the child the best.

Districts’ sometimes place a heavy burden on paras, especially when the para has no skills related to the disability.  Paras usually go through a “training”, however it is often unrelated to our child’s special need(s). Often paras never see the IEP document.

Many times the para is not a good match for a student and problems arise.  Parents can find ways to privately talk to a para about what’s going on at school.

The more information a parent has before entering an IEP meeting, the better they can make informed decisions.  A parent’s  failure to ask the right questions in an IEP meeting may result in the child getting “left behind”.

If the public school district in Kansas is uncooperative, contact the advocates at The IEPCenter.com™ (parents can take an advocate as well).

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Kansas IEP teams can consider schools other than public?

Sometimes parents know  more about the choices IEP teams can make! So, parent, here’s another one to add to your repertoire!  One of the best kept secrets in Kansas for students with special needs! the-iep-center

IEP teams may not be aware of the duty to search for a placement other than the public school when the public school doesn’t have the resources to meet the needs of the child with a disability.  Often IEP teams don’t realize or know they can think “outside the box”.

“When an IEP team believes the public school district of residence does not have the facilities or resources to meet the needs of a child with a disability, it is required to search for a placement which can.  That search may include private facilities.  If necessary, the search could include facilities outside the state of Kansas.”

Advocates at The IEP Center can support a parent before and in IEP meetings.  The IEPCenter.com

If your child is struggling to an extent that seems irreparable at the public school, perhaps this might be worth considering.  Complex situations develop over time and sometimes the “system” is slow to undo the complexities.  Delay is problematic when pursuing the “system”.

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