Haaahaaa! Forgot to take a studio pic this week. Distracted much? So, we'll just go with this cute kid singing for this week. Somebody remind me next week, OK?
A Momma sent a question over the DrClaudia.net, "Ask Me" button. Her son has been undergoing remediation at Lindamood-Bell and is 3 weeks into his 6-weeks' program and the principal is threatening to refer her son to the District Attorney's office for failure to send her son to school. Momma is confused because she is paying for the treatment that her son needs. She had an agreement with the previous principal at the end of last school year (4th grade) and this current principal refuses to honor it.
I've seen this scenario repeatedly.
Public schools are required to provide your child with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). If your child is not learning and public school services do not improve their skills and knowledge, then they have to write a check to someone who can.
In order to make this happen, many children need a comprehensive psychoeducational assessment. Even then, it can be a battle and typically, an advocate or an attorney is necessary. If you can't find someone to help you, consider the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates to motivate them to follow the law.
School districts use taxpayer dollars to hire attorneys ($200-$400 an hour) to keep you under their thumb and from asking for FAPE. Here's a school district in southern California that spent $1,000,000 on attorneys' fees to keep from paying $6100 for a school placement for a young autistic student.
Anyway, this Momma may want to re-arrange her son's treatment schedule so that he attends school for the morning even though he may not be benefiting from it. If he misses the first hours, the school will not receive their Average Daily Attendance Funding. Lindamood-Bell typically offers morning and afternoon sessions.
Regardless, this principal thinks s/he is setting a precedent that will intimidate parents from taking their children's education in their own hands which, by the way, they are legally allowed to do, but that's not going to happen. Things will only escalate and a smack down will take place.
Don't put up with this kind of bullying. I find it very effective to have parents attend a school board meeting and use their allotted public time to make the board aware of this kind of conduct. Typically, the local newspaper has a reporter there and school districts do not enjoy this kind of attention. All bets are off when they get in the way of my kid and his education. I bet it's the same with you.
Go get 'em, Momma.
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