IEP meetings: what parents aren’t told Kansas

IEP students who have difficulty at public school who are often sent home, sent to in-school suspension (ISS), or out-of-school suspension (OSS) may not be in the right program, yet the public school doesn’t offer a “right” program. This predicament is addressed by Congress when Congress arranged for mediation between parents and schools.  Mediation is where parents can take more control of the problems with the public school. rsz_teen-reading

Often a Kansas IEP team doesn’t or won’t think beyond the routine in their building.  Serious matters require using a different approach to achieve reasonable outcomes for a student and mediation is where this can happen; mediation participants are not the usual IEP meeting attendees.

Schools may lead parents to believe that “due process” is the only option for the parent to pursue; this is not true.  A parent is being gracious to the district when participating in mediation rather than pursuing other avenues.

Advocate at The IEP Center is experienced in special ed mediation in Kansas; it’s an efficient and often quick way to resolve issues.

Don’t be bamboozled by the school!  Our advocates inform parents about what Congress has for parents to help your child.  Visit our website to set a phone consult;  theiepcenter.com

Advocates at The IEP Center help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs.  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 the problem.

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Dyslexia student needs testing by public school in Kansas

Parent has mentioned several times to school staff over the years how the child has dyslexia; the school responds with “we’ll do strategies to help him” and “we’ll wait and see how he does”. rsz_parapro2-199x300

The US Dept of Education clarified to states and school districts’ their obligation to not ignore parents who indicate dyslexia:

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/guidance-on-dyslexia-10-2015.pdf

Advocates at the IEP Center can share with parents strategies on how to deal with scenarios like this.  Schools may be reluctant to develop an IEP for your child since it might require a specialist to spend time with your child which increases the school expenses.  Don’t be bamboozled!

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Flunking high school due to ADD

Student is flunking numerous classes although accommodations are listed in the IEP.  Parents have realized for years that the student needs help since he struggles in typical classrooms; he is successful with one-on-one instruction.photoboybooks

Advocates at the IEP Center™ can share with parents strategies on how to deal with scenarios like this.  Schools may be reluctant to develop an IEP for your child since it might require a specialist to spend time with your child which increases the school expenses.  Don’t be bamboozled!  the-iep-center

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Too much shared in IEP meeting Kansas?

Sometimes sharing less information with the school district is more beneficial for the student and parent.  The district may be less likely to manipulate parents who are strongly advocating for their child when the district doesn’t know a parents financial situation.  After all, parents who might have extensive resources available might be in a better position to pursue challenges with the district. While on the other hand, a parent who exposes their lack of resources may lose any “edge” in positioning.100_0696

For example, when FAPE is at issue, a parent may trigger a unlilateral placement at a private facility* when the parent disagrees with the public school FAPE offer. Typically the parent must pay the tuition at the private facility until a hearing officer decides otherwise.  Poor parents often don’t have the luxury to trigger this option; that is, the ability to temporarily pay private tuition.  As a result, the child of the poor parent languishes in an inappropriate program.

Recently a parent who was moving to a new area shared with the public school district that she could consider he child attending a private school in the area.  While touring the potential public school,  the parent was shown the “safe room” where her child “may” be sent. (NOTE:  Safe rooms are often like a closet with a light).  The parent was sure to chose the private school without a “safe” room.  Did the public school know how to push this parent’s “buttons”? Did the public school not want this student?

When IEP meetings seem fruitless; parents might consider mediation.  It’s not like an IEP meeting.  A free mediator from the state facilitates the session and often an agreement is reached. Advocates from The IEP Center help parents prepare for mediation and can go to the session as well.

*there are many stipulations to this; read IDEA!

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Kansas IEP students: parent disliked by principal

The information a parent shares with a public school principal about home life can be problematic.

For our kids who self-injure and fall frequently, resulting bruises may make school personnel suspect of the parent. photo_30834_20110217graphicchildrenplayground  Some students may be so traumatized of their treatment while at school that they act out upon being picked up or dropped off to school. The school personnel may be in disbelief that one of their students would react in such a way.

A parent would want to consider taking another adult with them to the school when these discussions take place. If the relationship with the school personnel has already soured, perhaps the parent should consider sending e-mail or letter writing instead.  In the past, in advance of a school meeting, the parent asked the school resource officer to attend the meeting.

Advocates at The IEP Center can help a parent to be a step ahead of the school.  Don’t be bamboozled!the-iep-center

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Visit our website to arrange for an advocate to assist.  Marilyn McClure, CRP, is a certified teacher, parent of a child with developmental disabilities, and former due process hearing panel member in Missouri.

Advocates at The IEP Center are not attorneys and do not give legal advice. Consult an attorney.

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