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One evening my wife and I were talking. She mentioned that the school released the special ed kids earlier than the regular ed kids.
What did I do?
I filed two complaints. I filed one complaint was filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) as a violation of Section 504.
I filed the second complaint with our State Board of Education. Althought our son's IEP stated he would receive six and one half hours of special education each school day, he was never in school longer than six hours and five minutes.
How did I do it?
I downloaded the OCR Complaint against Virginia Beach Public Schools from Wrightslaw. Using this complaint as a template, I customized it to meet our circumstances and filed the complaint via email.
What did I accomplish?
The school stopped this practice for our son and 12 other students with autism.
Additionally, we were able to get the district to provide 140 hours of extra instruction for our son. Twenty-seven minutes a day added up to 81 lost hours of instruction in the 180-day school year. (The school began this practice two years earlier.)
What did I do wrong?
I was impatient.
I should have contacted other parents of children with disabilities
whose kids attend school in the district. Early release of special education
students is a district-wide problem. My complaint only addressed our
son, his fellow students, and his school.
Nevertheless, the strategy was successful. Our son will receive 140 hours of tutoring at the district's expense.Thank you and Pete for making so much valuable information available to parents.
Your books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, have been life savers - these books helped us to develop a meaningful IEP for our son.
Al from Acworth
OCR Complaint, Supporting Documents, Resolution Letter from OCR & Press Release. See what an actual OCR Complaint looks like, read the documents that supported the parents' position, the resolution letter from OCR, and the News Release about this case.
Special Education Law includes the full text of the IDEA, Section
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the IDEA, and a casebook of decisions in special education cases by
the U. S. Supreme Court. Note to the Reader:
Special Education Law went out of print in Spring 2005, after
IDEA 2004 was reauthorized. Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd
Edition will be published after the U. S. Department of Education
publishes the federal special education regulations, probably in the
Spring or Summer of 2006.
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