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Independent Educational Evaluations: It’s a Testy Business!

January 11, 2016 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Jess

Q. What is an IEE?  

A. The language regarding IEEs is found in the regulations implementing IDEA. Specifically, the right to an IEE is defined as:  Read the rest of this entry →

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How to Prepare for an IEP (Updated)

January 7, 2016 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

We live in an unprecedented era where schools are dealing with shrinking budgets and fewer resources but still must figure out how to educate an increasingly large number of student age children.  This is compounded by the fact that class sizes are increasing and the number of credentialed Teachers are decreasing due to layoffs.  Just like every other area of education, school districts are trying to figure out ways to cut special education costs as well.  Even though cost cannot be a factor when determining services in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) the children receiving the appropriate services are the ones whose parents are educated and prepared when attending their child’s IEP.  This makes it even more important to be prepared for your next meeting.  This article will help you truly prepare for the next IEP meeting. Read the rest of this entry →

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Top Ten Common Questions About Special Education

December 12, 2015 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

1.  What is the special education law that can help my child with a disability?

The foundation of today’s special education law was passed in 1975 and enacted in 1977.  This was Public Law 94-142, The Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975.  In 1990 EHA was renamed to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA.  IDEA was most recently reauthorized in 2004.  The Purpose of IDEA is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education or FAPE that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living.

It’s important to note that the law only guarantees an appropriate education and not the best education.  Best is a four letter word and Parents should learn to replace it with the word appropriate when discussing their child’s special education needs Read the rest of this entry →

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Right to Obtain an Independent Educational Evaluation

April 12, 2014 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

If you, as a parent of a child with a disability, do not agree with the results of the individualized evaluation of your child, as conducted by the school system, you have the right to obtain what is known as an Independent Educational Evaluation, or an IEE (§300.502). This means that you may ask that a professional, competent evaluator who is not employed by the school system conduct another evaluation of your child.

If you request an IEE of your child, the school must provide you with information about where you can obtain such an evaluation. Read the rest of this entry →

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10 Basic Steps in Special Education

November 3, 2013 in The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities by Jess

Children can have all sorts of difficulties growing up. Sometimes problems are obvious right from the start; and sometimes they don’t appear until a child is in school. Some children have trouble learning to read or write. Others have a hard time remembering new information. Still others may have trouble with their behavior. For some children, growing up can be very hard to do!

When a child is having trouble in school, it’s important to find out why. The child may have a disability. By law, schools must provide special help to eligible children with disabilities. This help is calledspecial education and related services.

There’s a lot to know about the process by which children are identified as having a disability and in need of special education and related services.

This brief overview is an excellent place to start. Here, we’ve distilled the process into 10 basic steps. Once you have the big picture of the process, it’s easier to understand the many details under each step.  Read the rest of this entry →

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A Tale of Two IEE’s

August 4, 2013 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

How does a parent, who doesn’t have a degree in their child’s suspected disability, fight for the proper amount of services when the school specialist is recommending something less than the parent thinks is necessary.

The parent could always get a private assessment done and submit the results to the IEP team, but not all parents have the means to pay for a private assessment.  This is why IDEA allows parents to ask for an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) at public expense.  The only way a School District can stop from paying for an IEE is to file for due process and convince a hearing officer that their original assessments were proper.  IDEA is very clear in what a School District must do if they turn down a request for an IEE but it’s what happens when the School District says yes that can sometimes bother me the most. Read the rest of this entry →

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11th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision: IEE reimbursement

November 25, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

A School District in Alabama decided it was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to try to invalidate a Parent’s right to an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) at public expense that has been part and parcel with the Individual’s with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for decades.  Parent’s are at a marked disadvantage when dealing with a School District regarding their child’s Individualized Education Program and Congress was well aware of this when they crafted IDEA.  This is why IDEA includes various Procedural Safeguards for the sole purpose of leveling the playing field for Parents who are trying their best to raise a child with a disability and negotiate for an appropriate education for that child.  This is why it enrages me when a School District spends money that should have been used to educate students on lawyers when the intention of Congress regarding reimbursement of IEE’s is very clear.   Read the rest of this entry →

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Suspect Dyslexia? Here are some tips to prove it.

October 16, 2012 in Special Education Articles by Jess

You’ve suspected it since your child was three. You were quite sure of it when your child was five and now your child is in school and you are convinced and unwavering about it. The school is not quite as convinced and they are slow to react to your suspicions. Be prepared; the road to the diagnosis may not be easy or cheap, but in the long run it will be worth it. The steps to diagnosis below make the assumption that you have done your research about dyslexia and you understand the symptoms. If you are still at that stage, you can visit www.interdys.org for more information. Read the rest of this entry →

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Test your IEP Knowledge

August 5, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

How well do you think you understand the law that governs Special Education?  Test your IEP knowledge by answering these ten basic questions regarding IEPs and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  You will find a link at the end of the questions that will take you to the answers.  Read the rest of this entry →

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OSEP Provides Guidance on Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE)

June 3, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

When establishing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) certain requirements were put in place to help protect the rights of children with a disability and their parents. These protections called the Procedural Safeguards are outlined in 20 U. S. C. § 1415. In my opinion, one of the most important of these safeguards is the Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) which is found in Section 300.502 of IDEA. It States:

(a) General.

(1) The parents of a child with a disability have the right under this part to obtain an independent educational evaluation of the child, subject to paragraphs (b) through (e) of this section. Read the rest of this entry →

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