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Using Prior Written Notice as a tool

July 8, 2014 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

How many parents attended IEP’s recently where you requested changes to your child’s IEP only to be met with resistance and ultimately the School District refused to make the change.  This happens often and many times the parents leave the meeting unsatisfied and not understanding why their request was not approved.  If that is the case the School District is not adequately following the requirements under Prior Written Notice (PWN).  Not only are decisions about your child’s IEP supposed to be Team decisions BUT they are also supposed to be fully thought out, based in facts and put in writing.  This is why the Prior Written Notice requirement was put in place.  It’s easy for a School to say no, it’s not always so easy for them to articulate why they said no.  It becomes increasingly more difficult for the School to explain if the real reason they said no was not based on your child’s individual needs but based on budget concerns or other monetary issues. Read the rest of this entry →

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The Countdown to the 2012/2013 School Year Has Begun

April 29, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Believe it or not, we’re in the homestretch for the 2012/2013 school year!  State tests will finish and the mad rush to complete IEP’s has begun.  If you need to call an IEP because of concerns you might have for your child, now is the time to do it!!  Remember, when you request an IEP meeting without assessments, the school has 30 days to hold the meeting under California Law (please check you State law to determine timing in your State).  Like myself, I’m sure your school begins summer break at the end of May or early June; which means if you need to write a letter requesting an IEP meeting, it needs to be done immediately.  There are many reasons why it’s a good idea to hold an IEP at the end of the school year.

Maybe your child has been struggling with completing homework this year.  It might be a good idea to bring the IEP team together and discuss accommodations with regards to homework.  Remember that every new grade brings additional homework, especially in middle and high school.  If your child is having difficulty staying on task long enough to complete their homework, accommodations can made where your child will still be on track to graduate with their classmates. Read the rest of this entry →

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Focus, dude

July 10, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

I have a secret. Don't tell anyone, but I want to pluck my own eyeballs out when I'm reading stuff about special education. It makes my head hurt. I have to keep Google hot and ready every time I start reading about new goals, education models, or laws. Even with those "plain language" oh-so-helpful packets we get, my eyes cross. I'm an active and informed parent. I do my best to stay on top of my son's education and help other parents, but I have to admit that a bonfire with these reams of reading material has crossed my mind more than once.  Read the rest of this entry →

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Can I Stop the School Attorney from Attending My Child’s IEP Meeting

March 26, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

It’s IEP Season once again and many parents are starting to get their IEP meeting notices. While perusing this notice for the individuals that will be attending your child’s IEP you notice a name that scares you!! For some reason the School District’s attorney has been listed as an attendee for the meeting and you are not sure what to do. Your first reaction is to tell the District that their attorney isn’t allowed to attend an IEP but unfortunately this is not necessarily the case. The IEP Team members consist of: Read the rest of this entry →

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I can’t make my child’s IEP meeting, can I reschedule?

March 7, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

We recently received this question from one of our twitter followers:

My DS (Dear Son’s) IEP meeting is scheduled & conflicts with other testing. The team is only allowing 1 hour. Can I ask to reschedule? 

With the school year coming to an end; many IEP’s are being scheduled. As a result, we have received this question quite frequently in the past few weeks. The school district must hold an IEP meeting at a mutually agreeable time and place for both parties, unless the parents choose not to attend. As you can imagine, we always recommend parents attend their child’s IEP because important decisions are being made regarding their child’s education. Please keep in mind that parents have rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), one of which is to be an active participant in your child’s IEP.  Read the rest of this entry →

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