Advocating for your child: 4 steps when IEPs are ignored
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by rajayogan.s@thomsonreuters.com
2w ago
An individual education plan (IEP) caters to your child’s specific educational needs. There are many times your child may need additional learning support. For example, if they have autism. An IEP better ensures that child gets the emotional, academic and behavioral support they need. Or they may have dyslexia and may need extra help in learning to read. Whichever the case, you want to see your child make a certain level of progress throughout the school year, which is why following the IEP is critical. When your child’s educators fail to follow the IEP, you may want to address it the soonest ..read more
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What is a functional behavior assessment?
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by rajayogan.s@thomsonreuters.com
2w ago
A functional behavior assessment helps people understand why a child behaves in a certain way. It looks at the reasons behind behaviors, especially challenging ones, to find ways to address them. This approach proves valuable in educational settings, ensuring that interventions meet the child’s needs. Steps in conducting an FBA An FBA starts with identifying and defining the specific behavior that needs to be addressed. This behavior might include actions like aggression, self-injury or disruptive outbursts. Clear definitions help everyone involved understand exactly what is being observed and ..read more
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What is an IEP team, and who can be part of it?
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by danielleaugustin
3w ago
Among countless students going through the education system, some may have unique needs that require a different approach. Fortunately, federal and state laws have provisions allowing educators and parents to develop appropriate ways to address these needs through an individualized education program (IEP). An IEP involves a process that provides assessments, services, placement and goals, among other components, formulated to meet the student’s educational needs. Parents and educators form a team to establish these details in a written document during the IEP meeting. IEP team members The deve ..read more
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Your request for an IEP was denied—now what?
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by rajayogan.s@thomsonreuters.com
1M ago
Nearly all parents in California and throughout the country want what’s best for their children. They want to do whatever they can to help their children thrive, especially in school. If a parent has a child with special needs, it might feel frustrating or overwhelming trying to get the help he or she needs to be able to function in an academic setting. In some cases, parents have requested an individualized education plan (IEP), but their school district denied the request.  A concerned parent may feel at a loss when the system they thought could help their child has said that the child ..read more
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Determining eligibility for an IEP
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by rajayogan.s@thomsonreuters.com
2M ago
In California and throughout the country, public schools must provide accommodation for students with special needs. There are several ways to do this. Many students receive what is known as an “individualized education program” (IEP), which is customized to help each student achieve full potential in an academic setting.   Not all students qualify for an IEP. Typically, a concerned parent or guardian will request one. School officials will then review the request and schedule a meeting with the parent or guardian, as well as other adults, such as the student’s teachers, as well as a ..read more
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California school districts must comply with special education laws
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by rajayogan.s@thomsonreuters.com
2M ago
When a student with special needs or a disability attends public school in California, the school district must provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are integral components of FAPE. If concerned parents believe children are being denied IEPs or school officials are not accommodating a student’s needs in adherence to an IEP, it can spark serious legal arguments.   There is an ongoing legal battle in another state regarding a class action lawsuit a group of parents filed against a school district, stating that district officia ..read more
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Special Education Law Basics
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by danielleaugustin
2M ago
No child in California or elsewhere makes it through 12 years of school without any challenges. However, some students can thrive more than others. If you have school-aged children in your household, each of them has the right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). You might have a child with special education needs, in which case, under special education law, you may request an individualized education program (IEP) which provides needed supports and services to your child. If you believe that your child is eligible for an IEP, you should meet with school district officials, as we ..read more
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Special education law regarding IEP for transfer students
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by danielleaugustin
2M ago
Any parent or guardian of a child with special education needs who attends a California public school understands the many challenges students and their families often encounter in an academic setting. Thankfully, students with special needs can thrive when their school districts implement an appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) for them. But what happens to an IEP if a student changes schools or moves to a new school district? What does special education law say about this?  There are several possible scenarios relevant to transferring students. A student might switch to a ..read more
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What does FAPE cover?
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by rajayogan.s@thomsonreuters.com
3M ago
Parents of children with special needs understandably have unique concerns about their child’s educational options in California. According to federal law, every child is entitled to a free appropriate public education, called FAPE. While FAPE doesn’t cover everything, it does provide parents with guidelines and information to help them if they feel like their child is not being educated appropriately based on their needs and capabilities.   Covered under FAPE  A free appropriate public education can look different for each child. Public schools are required to provide additiona ..read more
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Lawmakers are working to improve special education funding
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by soham.amiyaroydastidar@thomsonreuters.com
3M ago
Parents of children who need particular types of help and support in the classroom may find that it is challenging to ensure that their kids have what they need for a full and fair educational experience. Special education is an area that is often underfunded in many California school systems, but federal lawmakers are looking to address that situation. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives are debating increasing federal funding that will make it easier to ensure students receive the services they deserve.  Addressing problems in special ed  The bill under consideration would in ..read more
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