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Traditional public schools are government operated and funded institutions. Being that these schools receive federal funding, they are required to follow federal regulations and mandates. With regard to special education rights and protections, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA") is the primary federal law governing public schools. The IDEA requires that each child be provided with a Free and Appropriate Public Education ("FAPE"). The IDEA defines FAPE as follows: special education and related services that (a) have been provided at public expense; (b) meet the standards of the State educational agency; (c) include an appropriate preschool, elementary school, or secondary school education; and (d) are provided in conformity with the individualized education. 20 U.S.C. § 602(9).
In Rowley, the United States Supreme Court provided that "implicit in the congressional purpose of providing a 'free appropriate public education' is the requirement that the education provided be sufficient to confer some educational benefit upon the handicapped child". (Board of Ed. Of the Hendrick Hudson Sch. Dist. v. Rowley, 458 U.S. 176, 201-03 (1982); J.L. v. Mercer Island Sch. Dist., 592 F.3d 938 (2009)).
It can often be a confusing thing for both students and parents to understand; when is a student considered to be "at school" for disciplinary purposes? A quick exploration of the California Education Code can lend some assistance in answering this question.
Language and Speech (LAS) services can be beneficial for students with a unique need in the areas of expressive language, receptive language, pragmatic language and articulation, just to name a few. Often times in IEP meetings an initial discussion will occur as to whether or not a student is exhibiting a need which necessitates LAS services within the school environment.
Preparing for your child's IEP can be a stressful and anxiety creating experience, with this in mind we have a prepared a brief checklist of things to keep in mind during this process:
Previously on this blog we have warned parents of children with special needs of the importance of exploring the appropriateness of any charter school prior to enrolling their child within that educational environment. While a charter school may end up being a great environment for one child, it may not be appropriate for another child's unique needs. The best advice would be to bring your child's IEP to the prospective charter school prior to enrollment, so as to ensure that your child's placement and program can be appropriately provided for within this environment.
"One guiding principal of the IFSP is that the family is a child's greatest resource..."
Moving is stressful enough. Amongst hiring help and labeling boxes, you shouldn't have to worry about your child's education, especially when your child requires special education services.
Many children are shy and quiet at school. They eventually find a friend or two, begin to open up in class, and may even initiate conversations with a teacher or unfamiliar student. This is not your child. At school, your child freezes when asked a question, speaks in a whisper, or is completely silent. Yet at home, in the comfort of close family and friends, he or she has no problem rambling on about his or her day. This severe discrepancy in behavior may be caused by Selective Mutism (SM).