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How do you feel about your school?

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:38 AM
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First of all, they lost his body sock. Then they can't find the lock for his locker and are insisting that I have it at home. What would I do with a lock with no key? They are requiring me to purchase another pad lock for his locker. If I have to replace the lock, shouldn't they have to replace the body sock?

And then, I sent in a bag of 19 pull ups the last time they had school (2 weeks ago). They requested more pull ups today. He is only there for 3 hours twice a week - every other week. I highly doubt that he went through 19 pull ups in 6 hours. Who are they using Logan's supplies on? It certainly can't be him.

They still don't have a sped teacher for this coming school year. What on earth are they going to do? Logan is going to have an awful start to the year as it is with a teacher change. He does not do well with change. My fear is they will use a parade of substitute teachers.

Our school system just plain sucks! How are things going with your kids' educational plans?

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MamaLauri
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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For these reasons and more, I sent my kids to private school. I was not rich. When my ex paid, he paid $200/month in child support and no alimony. I had no family support. But my kids were ill suited to public schools, so I found ways to pay for private. It was a real struggle, but all worked out.

Now I spread the word that you and your children do have rights by the law. Roughly 20-30% of kids have IEPs or 504s. From the sounds of it, they are being under-served by your district. The district gets double the funds for these kids, but many do not like to spend the money on the children. Do you know how they spend the money they receive for your son and other SPED kids? Do you know other parents of SPED kids in your district? Organizing is very effective. Very shockingly, only ~33% of education dollars makes it directly to the kids, the remainder goes to supporting the educational system. The US has a very expensive "Educational System", with a low percentage actually going to educating children. No one has looked at what percentage of the SPED targeted money actually goes to educating SPED kids. It is much less than the 33%. My guess, maybe closer to 5%.

SamMom912
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 11:33 AM
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We bought in a great school district... For typical kids.... Even for special ed kids... If Sam were developmentally delayed; he would have a great class, with great teachers.
The problem for us is Sam is smart, not delayed academically at all... BUT suffers with the transitions, sensory, social, writing delays and physical delays typical of kids on the spectrum... And our district does not have placement for smart autistic kids.
Nicole_2007
by Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM
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Our school system isn't to bad but they need to work on helping SPED kids better.  My daughter has to share a locker with another kid and every year we go through 3 snow suites and boots because somehow they get lost at school.  Also her teachers always take away her Chewlery so she has nothing to chew on when she gets nervous or just the urge to chew so then she chews holes in her shirt or cuts her clothes with scissors.  Other then that they are a good school.,  They have been working on areas that Paige needs more help in and getting her the help she needs.  Thankfully her principle is a friend of Dereks family so he said next year he will be looking into a few of the problems I do have and solve them. 

Bobcatridge
by Carol on Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM
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Our local public school is not good so we chose to send our daughter to the Catholic private school in the next town.  That did not work out well and there were severe problems with bullying by staff and other students.  My daughter ended up in a severe depression.  After all of this my daughter hates that school and, well, so do I.  So now we are going to try a hybrid charter school that is just starting.  It is 2 days of school and 3 days of homeschool.  We are hopeful and excited.  My daughter is anxious afterall she does have ASD and GAD with anxiety attacks but I think it will work out.  It has taken my daughter until now to start feeling better.  The depression started in January and was the worst in March, April, and May. It has been a long hard road back from this depression and it was caused by the school and their actions.  Our therapist and psychiatrist both say the school really missed the boat with my daughter.

Momof4AEMW
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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I'm sorry.  I would have the same concerns as you.  Where are those pull-ups going, and how do they not have a sped teacher?.  That is a requirement of his IEP, and they are in breech of.

I am not sure what to think of our school actually.  It is going to be new, different, and I have a lot of anxiety about the set up and if they can handle my two kids.  I do feel better the two will only be there part time though with the other part here at home in ABA with their old sped teacher.  She is wonderful, and I have zero issues with her.  If she were their teacher in the new school I'd feel much better.  But all the change does worry me.  New teachers, new aides, new school, ugh!  Anxiety goes up just thinking about what is to come, lol!

Gloria1025
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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Our district ranks last in the state for SpEd.....we are sending our son to private school for K in the fall. 

mommy2girls0506
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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The school we were at sucked as well but after finding out that the general ed teacher hit a special needs child (not my daughter lucky for that teacher believe me) and was still working there we took our kids out and started to home school.  We later found out that the general ed teacher didn't want to implement any changes that were supposed to be implemented from the IEP.  It was a terrible place and we had come from a school that we had loved so it was even more of a let down.

TheJerseyGirl
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM
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Considering I was there today to see a neurologist.....lol

D is my youngest and the older two have already gone through this school. Overall, I love the teachers, administrators, etc...not thrilled with the lack of expertise as far as autistm goes. Not too thrilled with some of the students either, but you know how that goes.

It sounds like there are some very irresponsible people there with Logan. THEY should buy a new lock, body sock and definitely pullups! How dare they use his! They arent free!!!

Macphee
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM
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Our school was great when ds was making steady progress. When he progressed by leaps, I am having to force them to back off. The Gned teacher is not instructing my son at all and has a para intervene every time. He is so bright, but has trouble with joint attention, transitioning and independent functioning.

He is not stimulated enough in the sped classroom. The speech pathologist has tried to lead the way on his behavior plan while Aba specialist is not instructing the teacher. I feel as if they are worried he is progressing too fast and they may lose funding with his placement. He is 40% Gned, 60% self contained. The iep team will not even give him room to breathe and find his footing. We'll see how next year goes, I'm having to schedule administrators and directors to the meetings to force the para to stay away from him. What the f*** are they worried about, that he'll prove them wrong. He has outbursts, is not aggressive, does well with visual schedules. He loves science and math and seeks social interaction.
TheJerseyGirl
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 9:51 PM
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This is what Im dealing with. A child that doesn't fit in anywhere. I was at the school today for a neurology appt and it went so well! He said this is the problem for high functioning autistics, they fall under the radar and no one focuses on what's best for them...only severely disabled and mainstreamed. 

It's bulls*it!

Quoting SamMom912: We bought in a great school district... For typical kids.... Even for special ed kids... If Sam were developmentally delayed; he would have a great class, with great teachers. The problem for us is Sam is smart, not delayed academically at all... BUT suffers with the transitions, sensory, social, writing delays and physical delays typical of kids on the spectrum... And our district does not have placement for smart autistic kids.



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