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


“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.

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Child Advocate in Shawnee Mission for parents

Local (Kansas City) media reports indicate proposed cuts to the budget in the Shawnee Mission School District may affect the employment of para-educators (also known as paraprofessionals). Often a paraprofessional is assigned to a student (or group of students) who have special needs.

Students who meet eligibility requirements get special services through a document called an IEP. The IEP is where the services of a paraprofessional are determined and resulting in the mandate for the service(s).
In order to eliminate the paraprofessional that is mandated through a student IEP, the IEP would have to be adjusted. The parent must be fully informed when this occurs. There must either be an “IEP meeting” or an “amendment” to the IEP must be made. In either case, parent involvement is required. This is where the parent can indicate that a paraprofessional continues to be required in order that the student receive “educational benefit”.

The process can be confusing and parents can be easily misled. A child advocate can help here; they can prepare communications for you upon request and also attend those IEP meetings. Some may also prepare an IEP amendment upon your request so that you may submit it to the school.

The has child advocates who assist parents in Kansas and Missouri.