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4/21/2015 

Dear parents,

As the parent of a child receiving special education services, you are entitled to data-based information that clearly demonstrates what progress, if any, your child is making. Because without data, it's just someone's opinion.  The Federation for Children with Special Needs states in their Frequently Asked Questions about IEP Goals pdf:  Teachers and other school professionals track student progress by recording scores and other data over the school year. By recording data, related to the goals and objectives/benchmarks, they can measure your student’s progress or lack of progress.  

If your child's progress report contains language such as "progressing toward goal" or "making progress toward goal" that is not sufficient language.  IEPS contain benchmarks that require data collection.  Therefore, you should be receiving progress reports that clearly state a percentage and have data to support progress.

Please let us know if your IEP progress reports are vague and do not contain specific language regarding a specific level of progress.


4/2/2015 - We have received a lot of complaints over non-compliance with IEPs and 504s. In the past we encouraged you to go to the Principal, then Special Education Director, then the Supt. This practice has not worked other then delaying the process even more.
We will be happy to assist to address any issue via Program Quality Assurance complaint Department (PQA) or via The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) based on the issue.

Your children are entitled to FAPE and IEPs are legal documents. You are their advocates and you know your child best.

Dear friends - We want you to be aware that when you as a parent reaches out to the school because your child is having problems in school you should be documenting and requesting in writing that you would like to have your child evaluated for the specific concerns.The school cannot USE RTI in place of doing the evaluation. The school should supply you with a form for you to sign authorizing the evaluation (NO MORE THEN 5 School Days), they will then have 30 school days to do the evaluation and must hold a meeting to go over the evaluation within 10 schools days after they complete the evaluation. This entire process must be done within 45 days (SCHOOL DAYS). 
The PAC is here to help you should you have any questions or need help with it. http://www.livingindialogue.com/response-intervention-excuse-deny-services-students-learning-disabilities/

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