Thursday, November 18, 2010

Special Ed Survey – Spring 2010 (Part 2)

In the Spring 2010 survey of parents of Special Ed students, Woodstock District 200 was to circulate the survey form to parents of all special ed students. This would be over 1,000 students. The number of parents? 500-750?

How many surveys were returned? I reported the number earlier this year. Off the top of my head, I think there were about 61 completed surveys. I think there were nine parents who indicated they did not want a Parent Advisory Council. At the time I wondered, “Where are the other 500???”

Following are some of the programs and training that parents want:

Special Ed procedures
IEP vs. 504 plans
Building partnerships
Special Ed law
Parent training
Special Ed eligibility
Allergies and medications
Least Restrictive Environments (LREs)
Outside agency involvement
Homework help
After school programs
Health support
Case management
Tips for parents
Preparing for the future
After high school
OT/eating disorders
Reading help

If the school district thought it had to provide all of this training and these programs, they would run for cover. They don’t. Parents will participate, help, lead, do, plan, provide.

What the school district can do is stop getting in the way. It’s going to take more than a few parents to make this happen.

Are you a Woodstock D-200 parent? Contact me, and I’ll help you get in touch with other local parents.

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