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people make - parents and school personnel; how can parents get info
about teacher qualifications; more help from the No Child Left
Behind Act; FAQs, fact sheets, free newsletter.
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1. Mistakes People Make - Parents
the stakes are high, it is hard for parents of children with special
educational needs to advocate calmly and objectively for the
educational and related services their children need.
2. Mistakes People Make - School Districts
are parents angry? Parents are angry when school personnel take
actions that undermine trust, create a negative climate that
destroys peace of mind, and deliver inadequate services to the
child. Want to learn more?
3. Do Parents Have a Right to Know a Teacher's Qualfications?
Question: "Do parents participating in an IEP meeting have the right to be informed as to the qualifications of the instructor designated to deliver the particular methodology or specifically designed instruction identified in the IEP?"
What do you think? Yes? No?
In our experience, parents who ask questions about a teacher's qualifications do not get answers to their questions. In many cases, they are dismissed with comments like:
would not have selected her if we did not think she was
Attorney Emerson Dickman wrote to the U. S. Department of Education and asked this question. In his letter, he wrote: "How can parents contribute as equal members of the 'IEP team' if they are denied the information necessary to evaluate the appropriateness of the decisions made by the team?"
Dickman's letter includes legal citations - and a good argument.
Read the full text of Mr.
Read the response from U. S. Department of Education - the answers may surprise you!
4. No Child Left Behind Act - What Does the Law Mean to You?
need to learn about the No Child Left Behind statute - this law
includes parent rights that are not available under the IDEA. The
heart of the No Child Left Behind Act is the promise to raise
standards for all children and to help all children meet
parents, you are your children's first and foremost teachers and
their strongest advocates. You have a critical role to
play—both in the way you raise your children and in the way you
work for meaningful and accurate accountability in their
the No Child Left Behind Act Means for You, you learn about
this new law:
5. No Child Left Behind Act: FAQs, Fact Sheets, Newsletter
For decades, parents have had few options when their children were trapped in failing schools. The No Child Left Behind Act aims to change the status quo.
Visit the new No Child Left Behind website to get Fact Sheets, order a Parent Tool Box, and subscribe to a free electronic newsletter:
Fact Sheets: Each fact sheet provides valuable
information - share them with a friend.
Facts About Measuring Progress: For too long, America's education system has not been accountable for its results, and too many children have been locked in failing schools and left behind.
Facts About Reading Achievement: Did you know that less than 40% of 4th graders are proficient readers - and that more than half of these children do not have the reading skills they need for academic and lifelong success. What to do? Provide teachers with up-to-date information on how to use scientific-based research to teach reading skills to children - and actually use the methods and related material in the classroom.
Child Left Behind Electronic Newsletter:
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