Special Education Fake News Santa Clara
Or Did My Child’s Case Manager Just Lie To Me?
Susie and Leigh often hear untrue or inaccurate statements from administrators and case managers. We are not saying all of them do it, simply that it is common. Why? It works, and gives the school what it wants. .
Families naturally trust schools. Most of us grew up being told to trust our school and our teacher. As parents, we send our vulnerable children to them daily. Trust is even more crucial with our children who need extra help. Parents need to feel confident that they can trust the people and agency caring for and educating their children.
In the special education world, parents have a lot of power. Most are not fully aware of it. Often they are unsure how to use it in a way that supports their child. This is where it can be to a district’s advantage to give parents partial information, or outright lies. Here are some outright lies we have heard in the past few weeks.
“…our legal obligation (to provide dozens of pages of reports) is no later than 24-hours prior to the meeting”
“We cannot include a limit on homework time in the IEP. Your kindergarten teacher expects 2 hours of homework nightly.”
“The district does not offer that program/service.”
“This school offers the program/service 5 days a week. Your child only needs it 1 day per week, but the program is 5 so s/he must take 5.”
The first word in IEP is INDIVIDUALIZED. If we had a dime for every time we said in an IEP Team Meeting “Yes, and how are we going to individualize this for Johnny,” we would be wealthy.
Parents want to trust their child’s school. We get it. A lie, stated assertively, can be convincing. If it does not make sense, do your homework. ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and California Ed Codes are all online. Both are easy to search. If you don’t have time, we can help.
As parents, we understand, As experienced and trained advocates, we can help.
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