and I've got my fingers crossed that the response I want comes without any hiccups. His school performance has deteriorated significantly this quarter -- probably a lot to do with the stress our family's been under, esp. with-husband's brain surgery. But difficult child 1 never seems to have an explanation for why things are falling apart (I guess that's typical). The past two days he's also had major health issues because of his Crohn's disease, so that's not helping. He was never formally evaluated by the school district, so I've basically asked for that to happen in light of the difficulty he's having now. I'm hoping the outcome either results in an IEP, or at the very least, some more meaningful accommodations than what he has now.