School districts must provide reports showing if and how well a student is progressing toward the goals of an IEP. These progress reports are usually sent out quarterly.
IEP’s are not designed to be permanent. In fact, at least once every three years, the school district is required to reevaluate whether the student remains eligible for special education services.
Once a student is deemed eligible for special education services, the specialized instruction will begin as soon as the parent signs the IEP.
Parents most likely would find it difficult to represent themselves at a Bureau of Special Education Appeals hearing. This is especially true when going against a school system that has hearing experience, knows what they are doing and have their own lawyer to defeat you at all costs. Statistics show that parents without a lawyer are less likely to win against school districts.
If a parent believes they have a strong case, their best bet is to hire an educational lawyer to fight back. Although hiring a lawyer can cost money, if the school district loses the hearing, they have to pay the parent’s attorney fees.
Check back here next time as Y3K Tutor In Your Home will present some little known IEP facts that you need to know.
Here is the situation. You disagree with the school district’s findings about your child’s IEP. You reach out to the Bureau of Special Education Appeals and they schedule a hearing. Most people do not have any idea about how these hearings work.
At the hearing, a hearing officer presides over the proceedings. They are conducted in a conference room and not in a courtroom. Hearings usually last about three days. They are like a court trial. The parent has the burden of proof to demonstrate their child is not making effective progress. The school district will be represented with a lawyer.
A parent at this point will have to present legal arguments, cross-examine witnesses, work with experts, and write closing briefs based upon research of legal principals. They would also call experts on their behalf like the child’s neuropsychologist to testify.
This sounds nearly impossible for the common non-lawyer parent to do all of this and actually defeat the school system. Next time we will look at how victory can be accomplished.
Our Y3K Tutor In Your Home tutors hear horror stories all the time from parents that feel worn down and defeated by uncooperative school districts. In order to save money, they refuse to provide services to special education students who need them. The first course of action is to discuss and reason with the school district’s special education coordinator. However if you are dissatisfied with the official conclusion and results, you can continue the fight for your child.
Parents can contact the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Problem Resolution System. Also a request can be filed with the Bureau of Special Education Appeals. The Bureau of Special Education Appeals may request mediation or schedule a hearing.
How do these hearings work and what should you do at the hearing? Come back here soon for all the details.
The special education process is very stressful for parents. It can become very emotional and confusing when fighting for the rights of your child to receive the services they need. What should a parent do when the school system fights tooth and nail to withhold services and not cooperate? Check here next time as Y3K Tutor In Your Home shows you how to fight back.
The school district will conduct a thorough evaluation using their specialists. However sometimes parents may disagree with the results of the evaluation. Perhaps the school-sponsored evaluation missed diagnosing a condition that you have previously observed. You do not have to accept the school district’s conclusions. Parents have the legal right to get an independent educational evaluation by a professional in the area in which they have concern if they disagree with the school-sponsored evaluation.
Once the school system provides a free comprehensive evaluation, a meeting date with the school’s special education team will be scheduled. The law says that this must happen within 45 days of the parent signing off on the evaluation. As the parent, you have the right to request a copy of the school’s report, which the school district must provide to you not later than 48 hours before the meeting. Make sure you take advantage of this rule and attain your copy so you have time to prepare. Be sure to put your request in writing so they can’t claim you never asked for a copy.
What can you do if you disagree with the school district’s evaluation? Come back here soon as we look at the secrets they may not tell you so you can fight for the education your student deserves.
Here is one of the secrets to helping your child if you suspect special needs issues that your school may not tell you. As a parent, you can request an evaluation from the school district’s special education team at any time free of charge. However the key is you must put your request in writing to the school district’s administrator of special education.
Once you put it in writing, the law requires the school district has to follow through at no charge to the parents. Usually their evaluation will include academic testing, psychological testing, observations, health assessment, parent input and student interviews. The law says that the testing period must happen within 30 days from the original parental request.
What happens next? What does the law say your rights are as a parent? Next time, more hidden secrets in the fight for special education services that the school systems hope you don’t know.