My daughter just started middle school, and she's having a lot of trouble keeping up. She was never a straight-A student, but now her grades are dropping, she doesn't turn in her homework, and she doesn't seem to really understand what she's being taught. Shouldn't her teachers be doing something?
My son has some learning disabilities that affect his writing and his processing speed. To make a long story short, it takes him longer than other kids to complete assignments -- and much longer if he has to write anything. Does my son have to take the state-mandated annual tests our school district administers? I'm afraid he's going to really stress out over this -- and get an abysmal score.
My child has attention deficit disorder. The school district agrees that she's eligible for special education, but they refuse to send her to a nearby private school that specializes in teaching kids with learning disabilities. The school district says that it can give her the help she needs in the regular classroom, with a part-time aide, but I think they're just trying to get out of paying for the private school. Can they do that?
Special education laws give children with disabilities important rights. Specifically, the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) gives families of special education children the right to have their child assessed or tested to determine their special education needs and to develop a written "individualized education program" (IEP) plan with representatives of the local school district.
What's the first thing you should do if you believe your child is eligible for special education? There's no place to just sign your child up. Instead, you'll have to prove to the school district that your child is eligible for special education. To make your case, you'll have to learn more about your
If you're a parent to one of the six million children with disabilities in the U.S., you're undoubtedly well aware of the individualized education program (IEP) meeting. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), parents of a special ed child meet at least once a year with representatives of the local school district to prepare their child's IEP -- a detailed, written description of the child's educational program.
If you have a child in special education and everything seems to be running smoothly, you may never need a lawyer. However, it is quite possible that at some point during your child's education, it will make sense to hire, or at least consult, an attorney to help you advocate for your child.