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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 12:55
Is your child’s IQ is well below average? Does your child’s IEP exempt your child from standardized tests or note that she should take modified assessments? Is she “pulled out” into a resource room for any academic subject, such as Math or Language Arts? Is it clear from her homework that she is unable to learn at the same depth or speed as her typical peers? If your answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” then ask the IEP Team if your child should be receiving a modified curriculum, and then ask them to identify what grade level curriculum she should be receiving.
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:16
Parents and evaluators have expressed significant confusion about the parental right of an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE). Can a school district deny an IEE request? Who selects the evaluator? Can an IEE include an observation? Can the school district impose cost controls?
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:35
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has recently restated its commitment to preventing bullying in schools. In a “Dear Colleague” letter issued on August 20, 2013, OSERS has once again stressed, as it has in that past, that “bullying of a student with a disability that results in the student not receiving meaningful educational benefits constitutes a denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).” As a practical matter, what this means is that if bullying of a child with a disability is so intensive and pervasive that she can’t make appropriate progress in school, the school district must find a remedy to stop the bullying. This can be done through an IEP meeting or through IDEA’s enforcement procedures, such as due process.
Thursday, 18 August 2011 15:09
If a parent discovers a school district violated education rights after the student has ceased receiving special education services in that district, a remedy may still be available.
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