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08-25-2008, 09:46 AM #1Rustey MeyerGuest
"?" about IEP information
Dash (or anyone as knowledgeable), I have a question re IEPs. My son was adopted from another country and came home with a lot of learning issues so we put him into a private school at our university through 8th grade. He then transferred to a public high school where he was assigned one counselor. In 10th grade this person decided our son was no longer eligible for an IEP and said that the university had sent over so many files that she cleaned them out. Is that legal? She said since the university is a learning institute there was paperwork that wasnít necessary.
Is it legal to remove anything & throw it out from a studentís file?
08-26-2008, 08:00 PM #2
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Hi, I can't believe I found my way on this forum thingie. Anyway, as for the records..... First of all to legally release someone from Special Education, if that person was identified with a handicapping condition and actually IN SP Ed.... the IEP team must reconvene and make the decision that the handicapping condition is no longer present.
No one person can make that decision. Does your son have an IEP?
I believe that it is unethical for anyone to take anything out of the file to "clean" them out. If you have copies of the records (and you should have) you can go over this person's head to administration and get that IEP enforced. NO ONE person has the right to stop the process. This is not legal.
You need some help in this.... perhaps. Call your state capital and find out where there is advocacy to get the laws enforced. OR try asking at the school... and if you don't have the copies of the records, does your OLD school have them. I always kept copies of every single thing....... always. I have still got them, my son is 27 years old, but I am not getting rid of them, in the case that I may have to prove his condition in the future to social security etc. HE is on SSI.
I don't know how much help I am, and I am not sure I will be able to find my way back to this thread again.... dash
08-28-2008, 01:12 PM #3
Both my son and daughter had an IEP, one for learnging difficulties and the other for a serious illness. I learned the hard way that the schools bank on your ignorance and trust in them.
There should be a meeting at the beginning and end of each year to discuss your childs goals and accomplishments.If it is decided to end services, they are phased out lightly and still monitored. No records are ever destroyed though. At that meeting, there is required to be a parent advocate. Call up the school, whoever heads the committee on special education and ask who is the parent advocate. They are on your side, get their name and speak with them. You can also ask for an independant review of your childs case, at the schools expense.
Unfortunately you can't be nice to them. There were plenty of times when a phone call would jsut not do, I would march myself right over to the superintendant's office and let them know, I would not be leaving until someone came out to speak with me. Anytime you sent anything to them, keep a copy for yourself, and if at all possible, send it certified mail. Believe me, you do that once and then they know... hey this lady means business.
They day my son graduated high school, his guidance counselor said to me...um we're gonna miss you but umm not really. My response was, well maybe from now on you'll do the job you signed up for.