Saturday, October 13, 2007

Special Education Law

Several years back I did work one Special Education Law case. Time and events took me away from these kind of cases. With an ADD step-son and nephew, I cannot tell you how important this law can be for parents.

I found the following on Dorene Philpots' website

Examples of how the schools commit procedural violations:

  1. Failure to devise an appropriate IEP based on the child's individual needs.

  2. Failure to implement the IEP as written.

  3. Failure to allow the parents to meaningfully participate in the IEP development process.

  4. Failure of proper personnel to be present during the case conference committee meetings.

  5. Failure to give notice of rights, planned meetings.

  6. Failure of the school to prevent punishment of the child for actions or inactions that are manifestations of the child's disability (caused by the child's disability).

  7. Failure to train staff and aides in the child's areas of disability.

  8. Failure to train parents in the child's areas of disability.

  9. Failure to maintain proper records.

  10. Predetermining placement and services before the case conference committee meeting.

  11. Failure to conduct necessary evaluations of the child.

  12. Failure to provide education and services in the least restrictive environment, based on that child's individual needs.

  13. Failure to offer extended school year services to the child, resulting in regression of skills during the summer vacation that cannot be recouped quickly.

  14. Failure to convene a case conference committee meeting.

  15. Failure by the school to notice that the child was one in need of special education or services, despite evidence that the child was struggling academically or behaviorally.

  16. Failure to provide records within 45 days when requested by parents.

  17. Failure to allow the special needs child to participate in extracurricular activities to the same extent as his non-disabled peers when the child could participate with accommodations provided by the school.

When the school district does not want to comply with federal law, you need to consult an attorney.

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