Although I strongly advocate for cooperative problem solving with schools, sometimes families have no choice but to pursue the court system to get needed assistance for their child. Read an excerpt from this groundbreaking decision that resulted in the district paying for private residential schooling for three years plus attorney's fees. It is vitally important that districts recognize the complicated nature of this syndrome and to plan educational programs that address the unique learning needs of this population.
This is an important decision that ruled that school districts must to more than the minimum when determining adequate yearly progress. This, hopefully will push districts to offer more robust programming to students with special needs.
“When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing ‘merely more than de minimis’ progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all,” he wrote. “The IDEA demands more. It requires an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”
Often students with significant needs are assigned para educators to assist them with completing work or understanding content. However, what is the approved role of the para educator? Can they act in place of a child's teacher? Read the bulletin from the Department of Public Instruction in Wisconsin to better understand the role of paraprofessionals and how they are to be used in the school setting.
For many students, finding the right placement can be a challenging task. When thinking about the "least restrictive environment" the key is meaningful educational progress. School districts are required to offer a continuum of options to meet student's varying needs. To understand more about placement decisions, read the bulletin below.
When mental health issues and behavioral challenges impact a child in the school setting, the situation can spiral out of control. Schools have the obligation to keep the staff and students safe and do have the right to suspend and in some cases expel students who are a threat to the safety of others. What happens though, when the behavior is directly related to a child's disability? Is there a limit to the number of days a student can be sent home or suspended? Can a child who refuses to attend school because of anxiety be charged with truancy? Learn more about students rights when behavior severely impacts learning.