Apparently No Child Left Behind is failing because it’s revealing that schools are leaving children behind. And so schools, rather than contemplate that they’re not doing well, are suggesting that goals be changed so that they can succeed. Seriously? They’re going to change the rules because the schools are failing? Isn’t that exactly the point…… Continue reading Parents: welcome to bad parts of SpEd world
This post on paying for our own professionals from rickcolosimo.com was sparked by a health-care editorial, related to prohibitions on sharing legal fees with non-lawyers, and now belongs here. The phrase “doctors and patients as enemies” is what knocked me over in the reposted editorial by Milton Friedman. Is there anyone who doubts that very…… Continue reading Making enemies of parents and teachers
This article on the siphoning of stimulus funds for special education to general education is one of the few I’ve seen in the WSJ on special education. By itself, I think that’s a major achievement — it means that special education and the plight of students and the often under-funded special education departments is getting…… Continue reading “Stealing” money from special education?
Every parent of a child on the spectrum knows the name Catherine Maurice. Her book, “Let Me Hear Your Voice,” is a literary landmark in the field that has touched almost every parent I know. In a rare public appearance made even more rare because it’s parent-driven, Catherine Maurice will be honored by REED Academy…… Continue reading Special event honoring Catherine Maurice
I refer to this as 30seats.com, wth a focusing on creating one classroom at a time to serve our entire community of new children with ASDs. Mission: A program that would collect, create, and curate tools, information, and content to address the physical, program, and regulatory requirements to found a school-centered program for children with…… Continue reading Project: “Open-source” school for autistic children
This article from Indiana describes one of the more crazy things that I have read about special education teachers. For those who are interested, I would probably define this as attempted murder. It’s absolutely reckless behavior that is so depraved as to lead me to believe that she deserves that level of punishment. 1. She…… Continue reading News: Teacher attempts to poison special ed student
A tweet I saw today asked about what the expectations are for implementation of her son’s IEP following an impending move. My response: Did you get answer to your IEP transfer question? See 20 USC 1414(d)(2)(C). Short answer: FAPE until they re-eval. Here’s the complete text of the section: (C) Program for children who transfer…… Continue reading What happens to an IEP when you move?
I just saw this quote in a recent article: “We don’t want to identify kids as disabled,” Charla MacKenzie, director of pupil personnel services for Southwest Licking Local Schools, said “To us, that’s a very big thing.” “It’s only when we’ve exhausted all those suggestions, all those interventions, and we still don’t see progress that…… Continue reading Avoiding classification doesn’t help your child
Here’s another article describing seemingly vague rules about restraints and seclusion, an issue that seems to be growing in importance in recent months. Here is a single excerpt from the COPAA letter: A 9 year old boy with autism in Tennessee was restrained face-down in his school’s isolation room for four hours. The complaint alleges…… Continue reading IEP goals about discipline or restraints?
To get started, We’ve posted a project in connection with the open-source autism school at Arielle’s Project Interns site. Here is the description: Develop specifications for a web 2.0 front-end for a project to create an open-source/crowdsourced model for starting a nonprofit school for children on the autistic spectrum. The website should support and encourage…… Continue reading Next steps on open-source autism school