Last year, my son came home very upset and frustrated with his homework. He would bring home bad grades. I had another conference with the teacher. She said that my son did not need special education -- he was a smart kid but was just lazy. My son struggled the whole year and barely passed into the fourth grade, which I think is a mistake because his Iowa Test scores were terrible. This year he will need to pass the Leap Test in order to move on to the next grade. I think the school system has broken the federal law. What should I do?
Read this excellent resource by Attorney Lawrence M. Siegel: The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child. Also, there must be a branch of one of the many advocacy groups in this country near you. Call the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities at 1-888-GR8-MIND or the National Center for Learning Disabilities at 1-800-575-7373 to find out where the nearest group is. They can walk you through the system to get the help your child needs.