So, reading here http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/neglect/neglectb.cfm, I found this: "Refusal to allow or failure to obtain recommended remedial educational services, or neglect in obtaining or following through with treatment for a child's diagnosed learning disorder or other special education need without reasonable cause." (it's about halfway down the page under educational neglect)... So, DH asked me if what BM was doing would be considered educational neglect... Here's the backstory:
-2007-2008- SD did not pass Kindergarten
-2008-2009- SDrepeated Kindergarten
-November 2008- DH asked BM to allow him to get SD tested for LD and ADHD. BM denied it, stating "Stepdaughter can't have a learning disability." then went on to say she'd notice
-July 2009- DH had a recommendation from a doctor here saying SD should get tested for LD and ADHD. DH forwarded a copy of the report and again asked. BM again denied it, saying "I see no need for the testing".
-September 2009, DH filed with the Courts to force BM to get SD tested. The judge ordered BM to follow any recommendations from her primary care doc (not who we saw).
-October 2009-SD had an appt with primary care doc to speak about ADHD and got Connor's Forms.
-November 2009-SD's primary care doctor recommended testing.
-May 2010-BM still hadn't set the appt. DH wrote to her atty saying if she can't set the appt, he'd be happy to set the appt for MIL's COed time. The day after the atty received the letter, BM emailed saying that the hospital called and set the appt.
-September 2010- SD was tested FINALLY. DH offered tutoring to help SD.
-October 2010- SD was diagnosed with ADHD combined type. Results came in October 31. BM gave them to DH the first week of Nov.
-November 2010-DH asked BM to allow him to request an evaluation for an IEP. BM ignored his request by simply saying "I know what an IEP is" (DH asked if he could request the eval, and told her what he thought could help SD...)
-December 2010-DH found out from the teacher that the teacher had SD getting accomodations. He asked BM why didn't tell him, and she DIDN'T know SD was getting them. DH started emailing the Special Education director to find out what was going on with SD.
-January 2011-Special Education director said the next team meeting, where they would discuss SD, is this Thursday. She said if DH emailed her saying he wanted an IEP, they would just skip the meeting. DH told the Director that he would love that, but that legally he isn't able to make that decision without BM's approval per CO. DH and the Special Education Director both emailed BM asking to allow it. BM hasn't responded. Also, SD is so far behind in school that the teacher believes SD will fail if things don't VASTLY improve-BM knows this, and has known this since Oct. And she is still not allowing DH to get SD help. DH also offered tutoring (again).
Anyway, so based on her putting off the testing after being recommended (after a year of being asked to allow it), and then wouldn't allow a request for an IEP, and the teacher and DH having to push for it, and BM knowing SD is doing poorly--would that be considered educational neglect?
Asked by Anonymous at 12:02 AM on Jan. 13, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
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