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Hoping someone answer my question..6th grade and IEP

post #1 of 17
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I am really hoping that someone can help me out with a problem I am having..I have no clue what to do..I have a 12 year old son in 6th who has had an IEP for the last 3 years due to the fact that he is dyslexic. I have never had any problem with his teacher following the IEP until this year. His Math and Spelling teacher has not followed his plan he lets my son sit where ever he wants in class when it states he is to sit in the front of the class, he does not contact me when assignment are turned in late which is also in his plan. Even though my son is failing his classes he doesn't make him stay after for extra help. So the other day I get a letter stating that my son is failing Math and Spelling which I knew and they want him to repeat 6th grade next year. My son was has already repeated a grade so he is already older than the kids in his class. When my son and I go over the school work at home he knows the information it just takes him a little longer some times. I have spoke to other parents who child or children have had this teacher and they say their child almost didn't pass 6th grade, but once they got to 7th grade they did great due to the extra labs and help that is offered(7th is in a different school). I have heard that once a child is held back the school can't hold them back again unless the parent approves. If I didn't think that part of the reason he is failing is because of the teacher and if he wasn't able to do the work at home with me, I would say hold him back. But I honestly believe the teacher is partially to blame, and I feel that he knows the work and that he will be ok next year plus I know that if he is held back it will hurt his self esteem which is already low and I fear he will just give up. I am just wondering if anyone knows if this is true?
post #2 of 17
Immediately schedule a conference with his special ed teacher, regular teacher and the director. You need to make sure his IEP is being followed!
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by Happymom View Post

Immediately schedule a conference with his special ed teacher, regular teacher and the director. You need to make sure his IEP is being followed!

InDEED!! There's no 'choice' on following a child's IEP, it's MANDATORY!
post #4 of 17
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I contacted the special education office and they told me they would make some phone calls and resend my son's IEP to the teacher, but I am so afraid that even if I tell them I don't want my son to repeat the grade they will just fail he for the year and I will have no say. I just don't know what my rights are as a parent
post #5 of 17
With the IEP Program (ESE Program), you should have a scheduled conference a few times a year with the counselor, school administrator and district administrator. I would be going above the school and calling the board to find out who is in charge of the ESE Programs and then taking your concerns to them. My son was in the ESE program all through school here in Florida. I don't know if it might be different from state to state. Good Luck.
post #6 of 17
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We have a meeting once a year in the begining of the school year. Which has always worked we until this year. i just don't understand why a teacher wouldn't follow a plan that is put into place to help a sudent succeed. Isn't it their job to help childern learn. And it's not like I'm asking him for anything outragous I just want to be notified if there are late assignments, for my son to sit in the front of class, and to help him if he needs it. When I contacted the teacher about not contacting me about late assignments he told me maybe I should pay attention to my sons homework.
post #7 of 17
Is the only problem that your son is dyslexic or are there additional problems? The only reason I ask is because I would think that an old 6th grader would KNOW he's supposed to sit at the front without needing the teacher to remind him. Or is the issue that there aren't any seats to sit in the front? If there are no seats then yes, the teacher should make sure there are. But if there are seats in the front and your son is not choosing to sit there, then I would also talk to my son and tell him to be more responsible about it. Also, my children know if they are falling behind in a class and making bad grades that THEY are to ask the teacher for help.

Now my kids only had IEPs in grade school, not middle school, so I don't know much about that so maybe I'm way off base. I do think the teacher is obligated to follow the IEP, and I'm not saying that it's not his responsibility, but just that your son should take some of the responsibility also (unless he has other problems than dyslexia).

So I'd schedule a meeting pronto since the school year is nearing the end and see what the problem is with the teacher. I assume you've already contacted him and asked him why he isn't following it? If you've already talked to the teacher and he knows about the IEP and isn't following it, then he needs a stern talking to. But I'd also talk to my son about him taking responsibility for a seat up front and asking for help when he needs it. If it was me, I'd also look into tutoring for the rest of the school year so you can get him caught up to speed.

As far as the legal guidelines for holding him back, you'd be best to talk to someone within your own school district. Each state and school system is probably different about that. Good luck! I hope you can get some satisfaction!!
post #8 of 17
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They have assigned seating and since he has low esteem and is embarrassed by the fact that he has to sit up front he doesn't say anything. He scores well on state testing where he is given a script and additional time, which he isn't given for regular tests. He has tried to stay after but if the teacher doesn't stay after he can't get the extra help he needs. And I have spoke to my son and told him that if he doesn't understand he needs to ask for help, but he said he doesn't want everyone to think he is stupid, and something about the teacher talks to fast he does well in the classes that he has with the other 6th grade teacher just the 2 classes that he has with this teacher that he is failing self he has at least a B- in his other 4 classes
post #9 of 17
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They have assigned seating and since he has low esteem and is embarrassed by the fact that he has to sit up front he doesn't say anything. He scores well on state testing where he is given a script and additional time, which he isn't given for regular tests. He has tried to stay after but if the teacher doesn't stay after he can't get the extra help he needs. And I have spoke to my son and told him that if he doesn't understand he needs to ask for help, but he said he doesn't want everyone to think he is stupid, and something about the teacher talks to fast he does well in the classes that he has with the other 6th grade teacher just the 2 classes that he has with this teacher that he is failing self he has at least a B- in his other 4 classes

So have you called or emailed the teacher and reminded him that your son is supposed to sit up front? If there are assigned seats then the teacher should make sure he's assigned there, but if he forgot I would call or email to remind him. As far as staying after, I know my kids teachers aren't available to stay after every day, but if the kids arrange it they will. So could you maybe set up a schedule with the teacher of which days your son could stay after? Have you asked the teacher about when he could help your son?

If you've done all those things, then I'd go over his head to get help. but if you've not really been working with the teacher on this issue, then I'd start with the teacher and get more involved.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
The school has it set up so that the kids have an extra period on Tues-Thurs so that kids who need extra help can get it, most of the teachers have a rule if you are failing you have to stay after. I have contacted the teacher in the past about the failing grades and I recently asked if there was extra work that could be done to help improve the grades and nothing ever came of it. We have looked into tutoring but the cost was more than we can afford. And I understand that the teacher has 21 other kids in his class and can't focus all his time on my child, and that my son needs to try harder I just wish the teacher would work with me and the IEP instead of against it. I guess I'm just shocked because I have never had a teacher that didn't follow the plan.
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