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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Choosing education advocate for special ed students in Kansas

Parents continue to “hope” that things will work out in multiple IEP meetings when they attend alone, yet  years pass.  Parents often get stuck when they don’t have the information necessary to work the “system”.  Unable to address the hidden agenda in school meetings, the child gets left behind.

rsz_meeting7Taking an advocate to an IEP meeting is often helpful. But which advocate?

First, a parent must understand an independent advocate is different from case managers, mentors and “parent trainers” who have expertise in their respective areas but usually do not exclusively work in the special education  arena.  This can be compared to taking a dentist with you for support when you are having open heart surgery.  They might go to a meeting for free; but remember the saying “you get what you pay for”. There are pitfalls these folks aren’t aware.  Many of them inadvertently help the school along.  Ask who pays for their involvement.   They may leave the IEP believing changes were made for the better; yet that day’s battle was won but the war was lost.AngelsenseRunnerJPEG

Second, other folks represent themselves as an “advocate” yet lack experience.  Real experience by an accomplished advocate is essential for the parent who needs information about complex situations.  Also, membership in national professional advocate associations is an indicator the person has more background and keeps current. We are not the KSDE-trained education advocates; don’t be confused. We are civil rights advocates.

Also, the writer of this blog also has a teaching certificate, taught in both public and private schools,  and testified to the legislature about the need for change in the special ed system in Missouri resulting in due process reform.  Ask your advocate the extent of their commitment to systemic change in the state. She keeps current in cutting-edge parent strategies and is a member of a national organization since 1999. She has previous experience working in a law firm which represented parents.  She served as a due process hearing panel member from 1996-2013.   Check out our website for more information about this advocate.

Using an independent professional advocate can provide the information that allows a parent to cut through the confusion presented by the IEP team and spare months of frustration and absences from employment.  IEP teams are often ignorant about the possibilities for a student.  Delay is problematic.  In Kansas call 913 210 1200.

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©2017 Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center™ 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.