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January 15, 2008


Shira Raider

Charles, Amanda, I read the blog through RSS feed, and often find it a source of valuable information.

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r wells

When will special ed actually revolve around the students it is meant to serve? Sped teachers are the most over-regulated, over-worked, over-tested teachers that exist. It's time to stop the red tape that dominates sped.


I am helping a 4th grader who has OCD and bipolar get qualified for special education services. The district won't consider him under OHI but under ED. He doesn't have any behavioral/discipline difficulties in the classroom. Why are they doing this and how do I get him qualifed under a more accurate criteria?


I have a son who just turned 10 the very end of Jan. He is in a special school,has an I.E.P. all types of evals since age 4, was in an early intervention program...Long story short, in this school he hits, he hits other students and adults as well, has been doing this for some time, well since he turned 10 they had the right to file charges, and did, aggravated assault,simple assault and harassment and the police came to the school, removed him, cuffed him and took him to a detention center, without even calling me, he is diag. Bi polar, adhd,social/emotional, impulse disorder ect. I feel like this is so wrong, i put him on a bus at 7 am Wed. i didn't see him again until Friday at a video hearing...I am a mess and don't know my and most important his rights, can anyone help?

BP Parent

Sherry--I used to work with an attorney who advised not to worry particularly about the label, as long as they are identified. The label should dictate neither the LRE nor the services. That said, I did succeed in keeping my son's label as SLD for a number of years despite his diagnosis of bipolar. The district was divided into those resource rooms for SLD students and those for ED students. The reality is that the behaviors in the ED rooms are worse. So, while I understand, I would still think that the best course is to accept the label, but then fight for an appropriate setting and services. If the kid does not have behavioral indicators (and if successfully medicated, this may well be true) you have a good case for maintaining him in a regular classroom with services/accommodations. At least according to the law.

cms. My heart is with you because I have been there. Please find a lawyer to talk to who knows something about special education law. I would think that they need to try to refocus on whether the IEP was adequate to deal with the behavioral aspects of his disorders (clearly not, or they wouldn't be hauling him off to JD). Have they ever done a Functional Behavioral Assessment (helps to uncover the reasons underlying the behavior--in order to make a plan that will teach more appropriate responses or reshape the environment to remove triggers, etc)? At this point you have a right to request this. Ask the court to appoint an attorney if needed.

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