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YourLaHire Said,
November 24th, 2010 @2:34 pm  

If no one will call you and you feel that it is that important, set up a conference with all of his teachers.

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Liz77 Said,
November 24th, 2010 @3:03 pm  

time for a parent teacher conference, to discuss his transition to regular classes. There should be goals that where established going into special ed, and records showing that these goals have been met. You may need to be insistent on the transition, it took me a full 1/2 school year to get the special ed team on “my” side (my son’s side, actually). He blossomed beautifully once he was in with the rest of the kids in regular classes.

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Shelly S Said,
November 24th, 2010 @3:42 pm  

Well what is the reason why he was put their in the first place?

Special education is set up to help your son learn and get through school with their assistance. I don’t know why you want him out if his grades are still not great.

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Jbay Said,
November 24th, 2010 @4:36 pm  

Actually you have the most power in situation. It may seem otherwise because they will try to talk you out of it.
Being in Special Education has an advantage even if your child does not need it. He gets way more teacher attention. He even can move ahead in his book, beyond the traditional classroom setting. His being there does not mean he is bad. It means he can learn better with less distractions, opportunity to ask more questions, be more creative, and maybe even a little more freedom as far as due dates go.

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gothika Said,
November 24th, 2010 @5:15 pm  

if i didn’t receive a single update from the school, i’d be very concerned. call for a parent teacher conference to discuss your son’s goals, how they have been met, and what are the teacher’s plans for him.
you can also set an appointment with a child psychologist to have him assessed. they have a lot of tests for evaluating a child’s different areas of development. if he comes out with flying colors there, then you have enough ammunition to get the school to move him to a regular class.
but why is he in special education anyway?
is his grades being ‘not that great’ ok enough for you? i’m afraid being a ‘very good child’ isn’t really the basis for survival in the real world. he has to have a good, smart head on his shoulders, too.

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Nick R Said,
November 24th, 2010 @5:53 pm  

as long as the child is getting he/her education. talk to the teacher about that.

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jdeekdee Said,
November 24th, 2010 @6:17 pm  

By law, the school has to do a full educational evaluation to prove he no longer needs services.
But, even if the eval shows he does, you can still get him out by simply writing to district sped director stating you want him out.
If they refuse, I *think* they have to file a due process hearing to keep him in, I’m not sure.
I wouldnt’ think you would have a problem because most schools don’t want to help special ed kids anyway.
Go to this message board for help, they can tell you what to do –

http://www.millermom.proboards107.com/index.cgi?board=Education

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Babii Girl Said,
November 24th, 2010 @6:23 pm  

set up a conference with his learning consultant. honestly, special education is not for a “very bad child” as opposed to a very good one. the reason he is in that class is because it is a self contained class. he has a learning disability and the teachers in that class are better equipped to help him learn with his specific disability.
if you would like him to be in a mainstream class setting than i suggest you make the appointment to speak to his learning consultant and while your there you should ask her to explain what exactly the reason he is in the class for. My brother had an aide just for him in a mainstream class because he was dyslexic. Also you can have a 2nd teacher in the class to help your child benefit. take a tape recorder to the meeting if you have one, some even bring an attorney but thats not really necessary. good luck. i wish i could help more but i dont know your child.

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pioneer_grrrl1979 Said,
November 24th, 2010 @7:10 pm  

People are not put in special education because they are ‘bad’. They are only put in because the law explicitly requires that all school-aged children obtain a free quality appropriate education.

The school would be breaking federal law if it denied your son the resources for him to obtain that adequate public education. So while he is ‘good’, ‘nice’…etc they MUST provide the resources for a quality education.

And if placement in special ed is the only way which resources can be successfully delivered, the school had to place him in there.

He was placed in there after evaluation from classroom observation and additional testing. It was not just a phone call. So, it will take more than a phone call to get him out.

Although you have a potential avenue for challenge. It appears he was placed without your prior knowllege/consent. Even if special education is federal law, it is also federal law that the school follow special education program entry procedures the proper way. They cannot just make up rules to suit themselves.

You were supposed to have recieved letters/forms indicating this potential placement and if approved, approve of the change.

This potential placement letter would call for a conference, and alert you to the potential major change which might occur in your son’s education.

You should have been invited to a meeting PRIOR to any placement even occuring.

You are legally required to be a participant in the placement decision. It is illegal for the school to have placed him without this decision being attended by you.

Should you want to begin and try to get him out of the program, another Individualized Educational Placement hearing would need to be called, It would be attended in person by yourself, the school personnel, and your own son if he were entering high school/already in high school.

At this meeting, you would need to present statistical evidence about his academic progress. Your academic research would demonstrate why there is a factual case he does not belong in special ed.

This is because the school will use factual evidence why they believe he needs special education. They will (or should) talk about his grades, teacher observation of quality of work compared to other students in the same class/same age range.

They will (or again should) also talk about the results of the evaluations performed on his admission to special education—something which also had needed your consent prior to being performed! This is different from ‘classroom testing’ it is the type which requires parental notification and consent in order to be conducted on students.

But again, if you had only recieved a phone call about this program admission–and were not personally invited to a meeting about this educational change–you are additionally entitled to challenge his placement based on the school’s procedural error. It is a very big error and should not be overlooked if you are serious about challenging his placement in special education.

Stay away from the ‘good kid’ line in and during any meeting/hearing. It will not carry any legal weight of any kind in special ed law.

Focus instead on his academics and your not having been aware of placement testing/ being invited to the original placement decision, but being notified after the fact. Those are what will carry the legal weight.

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Tabitha Said,
November 24th, 2010 @7:14 pm  

Some parents want their children out of Special Education because they don’t like them having that stigma. I think wanting them out is more for the parent than the child. There is a reason that he is in special ed and they thought he would do well out of special ed they would let you know. An IEP should be done annually where this can be discussed. If your child is in special ed he should have a case worker. Contact this person and ask for a meeting to discuss this.

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mcc Said,
November 24th, 2010 @7:24 pm  

placement in special education is about educational needs – ask for a conference to discuss what his current needs are and if he has met his goals, what would be the next step.

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TAT Said,
November 24th, 2010 @8:24 pm  

You should have an IEP meeting every year. A plan is written and you agree with it. If this is not happening contact the head of special education in your district. A child can be in regular classes even if he has a disability. Teachers make modifications to help him succeed.

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