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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We are civil rights advocates.    We 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.

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dysgraphia student struggles in school Kansas

Teenager with dysgraphia and ADHD had accommodations listed in the IEP for extra time to write assignments.  The teacher insisted he write assignments and was penalized if he turned in assignments using technology.

Many students today will enter a world where technology will be used exclusively.  An IEP meeting is needed to address these issues.

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Public school staff often don’t understand the importance of proactively implementing accommodations. Advocates at TheIEPCenter.com help parents solve IEP problems by providing information so they can advocate for the child with special needs. Schools often don’t put plans into place legitimately unless a parent pursues action.  Sometimes years pass and teachers don’t know the accommodations that were tried in the past with the child.

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 eliminates opportunities for correction.

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We help parents at low-cost.  We help parents prepare for school meetings and also go to school meetings with parents.

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Kids who struggle in public school might need an IEP

Some school districts have students who have disabilities yet these students are unidentified by the school as having a disability.The state of Kansas has data on the number of how many students  who have been identified as having a disability in each school district. The national average is about 13% of all public school students have a disability significant to the point that they can be identified as eligible for special education services. Check at this link for the Kansas data on your school district:  http://online.ksde.org/rcard/searchpage.aspx

or

http://www.ksde.org/Agency/DivisionofLearningServices/EarlyChildhoodSpecialEducationandTitleServices/SpecialEducation/MISandStudentData/MISReports.aspx     here you’ll need to download the file “FY11 Prevalence”. In the chart that opens, find your “LEA” column (your school district’s USD number) and the column “total disabled”.

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If you haven’t been successful getting the district to test your student for eligibility for the individualized instruction that an IEP is suppose to provide, contact an advocate at TheIEPCenter.com

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Advocates at Special Education Parent’s Advocacy Link LLC dba The IEP Center are not attorneys and do not give legal advice.  Consult an attorney.

We are not just volunteers or who want to “try” to help; we are professional advocates.  Giving parents information to work the “system” is what we do.  The school processes are slow; delay is detrimental for our precious children.

IEP team doesn’t understand my child

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School teachers are down on the student for not applying himself.  They share with the parent at the IEP meeting how the student does not apply himself and doesn’t want to complete work.the-iep-center

In frustration, the parent contacts an advocate to learn the parent can arrange for the school to pay for an outside professional to evaluate the student.

The evaluation recommends several different approaches how the instruction is provided.  The evaluation reveals he has a learning style that is not typical.NICHCYimagersz_hugathome-300x198

A follow-up meeting is set with the IEP team where the teachers act surprised to learn the details behind the student’s processing strengths and weaknesses.  Accommodations and modifications are determined.

Parent’s don’t have to allow nothing to take place when the child is struggling at the public school.  Parents must be proactive for our student’s with special needs’ to succeed.

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