When a parent pushed about a change in placement

Here are sample comments parents have used in response to questions outside of an IEP meeting about proposals to change placement:

  • I’ve already had my annual IEP meeting this year.
  • I haven’t had an IEP meeting that addresses any need for a change, and since I’ve already had my annual meeting there’s no need to meet again.
  • I haven’t received anything in writing indicating his current program is not appropriate so he will continue to attend in his current program.
  • I expect my child’s current placement to continue; it is appropriate.
  • If the bus doesn’t take him to his current program, then he is being denied an appropriate education…I can contact the state department of education.
  • I’m not aware  procedures are underway to change anything.photoboybooks

Parents need to be on guard before events take place that change a placement without proper procedures by the school district.  In many situations, a freeze may be placed by the parent on the current placement when the parent triggers “stay-put” in a due process hearing request with KSDE.  Due process hearing requests that are poorly drafted can be problematic.

Perhaps a more efficient way to deal with such serious issues is to pursue mediation; mediation gets issues addressed at the table in a responsible manner when a state-provided mediator is in charge.

Advocates at the IEP Center attend mediation with parents.

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LD student needs doctor tests first?

Many parents over the years have told me the school instructed them to get testing at the doctor’s offices before the public school would help the child.  Some of these parents are put onto a waiting list at the doctor’s office while the child falls further and further behind.   Schools have a duty to seek out children who may be eligible for special education services, regardless if an outside doctor is involved.  Schools and parents are supposed to contribute input to an “assessment” process, indicating areas of “suspected disability”.Image
Parents need to be proactive in pursuit of getting help for the child who struggles in public school.  If your attempts are getting you nowhere with the school, advocates at theiepcenter.com are available.

SEPAL advocates are not attorneys and do not give advice.