IEP stress

Discussion in 'Special Ed 101' started by Crickett, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. Crickett

    Crickett New Member

    I am a foster parent of a child who has an IEP... I homeschool and soon will be adopting my foster children and homeschooling them also..... At the IEP meeting the principal was very determined to get me to sign the IEP for the next school "season".... I told him my child will not be there due to the adoption. He threatened to call CPS if I didn't sign.... I told him to go ahead, and I didn't sign.... I came home and looked up info on the IEP programs and understand that I actually have 30 days to make my decision on the IEP.... Is there something I can do about his intimidation....and do public schools get xtra $ for children in the IEP programs? Thanks
  2. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator

    If your child has an IEP, s/he is automatically covered under Section 504 and ADA.

    An excerpt from one of the many articles on your situation is: "....Many parents tell us, and we have certainly seen it ourselves in our advocacy, that the school district attempts to make the parent back down when they try to stand up to the district. The ADA at 42 U.S.C. 12203 prohibits 'retaliation, coercion, interference, intimidation or threats' by the school personnel when a parent attempts to exercise their rights under the ADA or when a parent encourages another parent to exercise their rights."

    You can learn more about this at,+retaliation&btnG=Search .

    It takes a "paper trail " to prove a case however. That's why it's a good idea of getting in the habit of putting conversations of this nature in a "Letter of Understanding" and sending it to the Sp Ed Department.

    In this instance, I'd perform this task with just the facts and end it something like, "Is this appropriate handling" by the principal?" Send it via certified mail.

    You will not likely get a written response to a letter such as this, but you may receive a telephone call in an effort too soothe you. But the point is the "paper trail" in the event it's needed in the future. (Circumstances change and there may be a time when your child is back in the school district.)

    And yes, the school district, gets money from the Federal government for IEP students. IDEA is the federal law governing IEPs. All States must adopt IDEA in order to receive federal money. States are responsible for insuring that their public school districts adhere to education laws.