FAQ Friday: "Do I have a right to observe the class before agreeing (or not agreeing) to a placement for my child?
Parent Observations v. Student Confidentiality
by Pete Wright and Pam Wright
"Do I have a right to observe the class before agreeing (or not agreeing) to a placement for my child? The special ed director said I cannot observe the class because of confidentiality issues with the other children."
I have represented kids with disabilities since 1978. In all these years, I have never had an instance where a school denied a parent, or the parent's private sector expert, the opportunity to observe a potential placement.
The school board attorneys with whom I have worked over the years have always permitted observations by parents and the parent's outside experts.
When a school administrator takes this position, it creates an appearance of two things (both bad):
(1) that the program is clearly not appropriate and the parent will quickly discover this, and
(2) that the school is attempting to keep important information from parents.
I think many Hearing Officers and Administrative Law Judges would view a refusal to allow an observation as grounds to find that the proposed placement was not appropriate.
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Student's with significant disabilities often do not participate in statewide exams, but there are assessments to measure their growth and success. Not only are student's re-evaluated every three years but many are part of the Alternate Portfolio Assessment. To understand these assessments and others used to measure academic growth for all students, visit :http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/learning-services/student-assessment/assessments-for-students-with-disabilities
As we missed last FAQ Friday, we're doing a FAQ Wednesday and will return with regular programming this coming Friday. :) 2 in one week!
This excerpt is from http://www.understandingspecialeducation.com/special-education-law.html - this is an article from that explains limitations on age in public school for students with special needs:
Special education law provides a child the right to be placed in a private school ONLY if your school district cannot provide an appropriate program.
Please do read the rest of this article at the link here - it lists and summarizes the 13 major facets of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) which is EXTREMELY pertinent to families that have children with special needs.
Staff of the Family Support Program (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)