Saturday, January 29, 2011

Do Your Homework!!

Oh, you thought I might be writing about teaching school?  Yes, I say those words all the time, but this has nothing to do with my own classroom.

I won't go into specific details on the internet for all to see, but I wanted to share a first lesson that we have learned in this process.

READ THE LAWS!  If your child is going to receive assistance in any way from the Public Schools, then you need to read the laws.  Go to the school officials armed with factual information.  Exceptional Student Education services and 504 Plans are all related to laws.  Here is information on Section 504 from the US Department of Education.    You can also find information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act here.

If you are met with any opposition at your Public School, take a deep breath.  Educate yourself and go in with the facts.  Don't be afraid to stand up for your child in a calm way.  If you have to go above your school administration because you feel you have exhausted all options at that level, then do so.  Don't be afraid to calmly stand up for your rights under our Federal Law.

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