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Mad Scientist

Posted 3:17 am, 11/16/2017

To be honest, even counties like Mecklenburg and Wake do a sorry arse job for children with special needs. Most county school systems will bus and group special needs children in the same one or two classrooms. So the kids spent 1/4 of their day riding the bus. And their excuse is they don't have the staff/teachers/finances to handle special need cases at each school.

Teachers that want to work with special needs children, usually head for charter/private schools, where they get the support they need.

Going to court MAY force the school system to do more BUT in the end, you still will not be happy and your kid still won't get the level of attention/services he/she needs.

The sad fact is you and your kid will be better off going to a charter/private school. As dannilieske pointed out there are good schools around.

I wish you the best of luck in your pursuit and hope your kid gets the attention he/she needs.


Posted 1:55 am, 11/16/2017

Yeah, but it seems too soon for a lawyer. It does not sound like she went through due process yet or made a connection with a disability advocate.


Posted 10:06 pm, 11/15/2017

lawyers have lawyer friends just ask for a reference locally and most will be willing to help you find the right person


Posted 3:14 pm, 11/15/2017

Sometimes it is hard to talk to any of these people when you get voicemail and NO return call.


Posted 2:54 pm, 11/15/2017

Yeah, better to make those phone calls than air it out here.


Posted 2:52 pm, 11/15/2017


Posted 2:50 pm, 11/15/2017

what is your objective?

are you trying to force compliance?

are you wanting to be awarded damages? actual, or punitive?


Posted 2:47 pm, 11/15/2017

Anyhoo, have you spoken to the local disability rights agency?


Posted 2:41 pm, 11/15/2017

The IEP has to specify how much when and where. Why does the kid need an aide? Does the child have medical needs like a feeding tube? Is the child in diapers?


Posted 1:15 pm, 11/15/2017

How structured is the IEP plan? Are there specific dates and goals? Many of the plans lack the backbone of a real contract.

Some will say "school will provide speech therapy" OK what is speech therapy, how much, and until what point.

Has anyone sat in the classroom and observed?

I've never been involved with an IEP case, however, if you haven't started here I would suggest. I would save the attorney for the last straw. Follow protocol, keep track and document everything.


sparkling water

Posted 1:06 pm, 11/15/2017

I bet Mark Byrd read this thread and **** his pants for fear.


Posted 9:47 pm, 11/14/2017

@timeforreason. Your absolutely right... that’s why I was looking for some suggestions. There was a lawyer maybe 10 years ago that took on the school and burnt their butts up.... anyone remember who he was??


Posted 9:22 pm, 11/14/2017

Never use a local lawyer in a local suit.


Posted 9:17 pm, 11/14/2017

Question is, Should the resources be spent on one or several students with special needs at cost of educational quality for the majority of those without special needs?

Would it not be more beneficial for all students with special needs to attend schools that are designed to have the resources and personnel to work with special needs students?

This is a valid question and does not reflect my opinion on the matter.


Posted 8:10 pm, 11/14/2017

Thanks I will look into bridges, but yes it’s awful how bad the school system has gotten!! It’s pretty bad when someone wants to abuse the power of their position/bully kids their self when they should be protecting them and then on the other hand not doing their job!! All kids deserve to get an education and to be treated equally regardless of what diagnosis they have or don’t have!! I will say that we do have some great people working in our schools but for as many good ones we have equally amount of bad ones!! All I got to say is the round up is getting ready to begin!!!


Posted 5:59 pm, 11/14/2017

it's amazing how things change when a school has to work for their money instead of being given the money.


Posted 5:14 pm, 11/14/2017

My sister has special needs and back in elementary school they were awful about that. She required an iep as well and needed someone to work with her one on one a good amount and they didnt. She struggled in class and fell waaay behind her classmates. My mom eventually pulled her out of that school and put her in Bridges Academy. They are great with kids who need an iep. I highly reccommend it


Posted 5:12 pm, 11/14/2017

@hangsleft..... ABSOLUTELY


Posted 5:07 pm, 11/14/2017

Well first of all the iep has not been followed and then the person is harassing the child! Have talked with the superintendent and needless to say he’s not even got back in touch with the person! So we’re looking at all angles of what can be done!

sparkling water

Posted 5:02 pm, 11/14/2017

The school system has its own attorney. The school system also have nearly unlimited funds to pay that attorney. Your best bet is to try and negotiate a settlement that meets the need.

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