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Rochelle’s Special Education Tips
Please Please Me
Since You Cannot Please Everyone, Please Just Follow the Law
This week’s Tips is going to repeat a familiar piece of advice: You cannot always comply with a parent’s wishes. Sometimes you just have to agree to disagree and develop a defensible IEP. For instance, if a student needs a reading intervention and the parent does not want to take the child out of any classes in order to receive the intervention, you are just going to have to advise the parent that the intervention needs to be implemented even though the child will have to miss some general education class time. Because you know what will happen if you do not implement the intervention. The parent will develop amnesia and claim two years later that you never offered the intervention. And isn’t it coincidental that the amnesia occurs at about the same time that the parent secures legal counsel? Just saying.