Due Process Hearing in Special Education | 6 Tips from a Hearing Officer

Due Process Hearing in Special Education | 6 Tips from a Hearing Officer

Can you Win a Due Process Hearing without a lawyer? We’d do anything for our kids. Anything. And since some of us have been dealt a less than a favorable hand, that can mean doing battle with your school district over what type of education your child receives. And sometimes that battle leaves us no…

What to Do About IEP Retaliation Including When They Call CPS.

What to Do About IEP Retaliation Including When They Call CPS.

The school called CPS on me! Sometimes I hear the stories and think “How, how did we get here?” And, many times I’ve seen a parent seek assistance and many parents chime in, “That’s illegal, they can’t do that!” Sigh. I wish it was that simple. Yes, it is illegal. But IEP retaliation happens. School…

Due Process Special Education | 6 Critical Points to Consider Before Filing

Due Process Special Education | 6 Critical Points to Consider Before Filing

Due Process Special Education Should I file for special education due process? Special Education Due Process is one of a parent’s rights in Procedural Safeguards. It is very serious, and in my opinion, should only be done as a last resort. This means that you have exhausted all other means of the IEP process including…

Removing IEP Services | 5 Red Flags from Your Team + How to Prevent

Removing IEP Services | 5 Red Flags from Your Team + How to Prevent

Can the School Remove Supports and Services from the IEP? This is probably the number one reason that parents dread IEP meetings. Right? For the most part, we expect to be told “No” when we ask for something to be added, even if we have the data. But the school removing items…yikes! It’s a major…

What to Do When your School Keeps Calling You to Come Get Your Child.

What to Do When your School Keeps Calling You to Come Get Your Child.

My son keeps getting sent home from school! We all know the feeling. Your phone rings. You look. It’s the school phone number. A zillion thoughts run through your head as you answer. “Hi, Mrs. Smith? This is ‘school personnel’ and we need you to come pick up Jacob. Yes, he had quite a tantrum…

Advocate’s Tip: These Few Short Sentences on your Child’s IEP Could Prevent Suspensions.

Advocate’s Tip: These Few Short Sentences on your Child’s IEP Could Prevent Suspensions.

Important items that must be on your child’s IEP. “I got a call to pick up my daughter today because she put a child in a choke hold.” And of course this child with an IEP was on her way to a suspension. That’s what one of our group members posted recently. Sounds awful, right?…

Can a School Suspend a Student with an IEP? | 5 action steps, with or without an IEP/504

Can a School Suspend a Student with an IEP? | 5 action steps, with or without an IEP/504

Can you Suspend a Student with an IEP? It happened again. You were at work, in the middle of…working. And the phone rings again. You look and see the dreaded phone number-it’s the school. And you know what is ahead. You have to go pick up your child because they’ve been suspended. Again. Here is…

Manifestation Determination Meeting | What It Is | How to Prepare | Examples

Manifestation Determination Meeting | What It Is | How to Prepare | Examples

Manifestation Determination Speaking to you as a parent, I hope that you never have to know what a Manifestation Determination is. Or that you never have to request or attend a Manifestation Determination Review Meeting. But, here you are. You searched and found this article, so you need to know what a Manifestation Review is….