Now I forgot to mention previously I had received a phone call from the resource room teacher that had been let go. Same as the aid she called my home. This was just prior to me having my third son in January of 2003. She informed me that the reading specialist had confided in her in the hallway one day that she suspected my son was dyslexic but told her that she could not say that in an IEP meeting. The resource room teacher went on to tell me about her nephew who did have Dyslexia and went to a specialized school and told me to look into the The Windsor School or The Craig School who were private schools geared to teach dyslexics. (Should I mention their tuition is $30,000 plus dollars?) She also asked me if she could send some materials and business cards for her new tutoring business. I agreed and thanked her for the inside information. I hung up the phone and thought, “THESE BASTARDS KNOW MY KID IS DYSLEXIC!”
I received a letter back from the case manager clarifying that the district would schedule another meeting with the Special Education Director being present this time. I also was assured that as soon as the IEP document was typed I would receive a copy. She also stated that I could request a copy of my son’s records and claimed she had only told me I was not entitled to see the related service provider and teacher progress reports. Lastly, she said it was unfortunate that I never received the the flier regarding observation day but that they had been sent districtwide.
During this same time I questioned the case manager of why I had not received progress reports in Math, Science and Social Studies. She replied that the Math progress reports were an oversight and that I was not entitled to receive progress reports in Science and Social Studies because he was in regular education classes.
I also sent a second letter to the Director of Special Services verifying that he would be at the April 29th, 2003 meeting because the notice I had received did not state his participation. I also stressed that he needed to be there because I had been informed that HE was “responsible to make all decisions and approve any educational programs, supports or curriculum changes for any student.” I stressed this because in reality it is suppose to be the IEP Team who determines what the child needs and his job to figure out how to provide it. But as you learn more about the system you will find that this is not the case and that money and the administration are much higher on the totem pole then doing what is right for a child. Of course, if your child CAN fit into a one size fits all program you are lucky. But again, even those parents if they look deeper probably will find their children aren’t reaching their potential.
Anyway, we had the next IEP meeting, The Director of Special Services informed me that my son could participate in the Fast For Word program but that I would have to pay a fee. I re-iterated that the IEP Team had felt it was necessary for my son and was confused as to if my child needed this service to be provided a Free Appropriate Public Education then why wasn’t it FREE? He also also informed me that if my son needed an Orton Gillinghman Program as I had requested then the best place for my son to be WAS the behavior disabilities program because she was the only teacher who was trained in The Wilson Program which was an Orton based program. They also proposed that my son receive thirty minutes per week counseling as a related service in addition to the speech and occupational therapy services he was getting. However, one of these services provided would have to be reduced in order to fit the counseling in. Lastly, they did agree to a second educational evaluation.
I informed them that I would consider their offer. I knew considering it didn’t mean I had to accept it. However, I still opted for my son to have one on one reading with an Orton Gillingham Based Reading Program and still be in the mainstream. I was told they would look into it to determine the feasibility of my request. The outcome of the meeting was the case manager was to get back to the child study team after investigating all of the possibilities to help aid the team in the decision making process.
The truth was they had already made up their minds….
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