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What can i do if school refuse to fix anything? What steps can i take?

Sanford, FL |
Filed under: Education law

Does the school have the power to put me in special education class? know i don't have any problems that makes me put in the class i can talk to people in normal conversations and i never had any type of medical treatment that makes it to be in that class according to the I.E.P i was put there just because it allow me to since the 7 grade i was fine in 1-6 grade so why in 7 grade. It makes no sense i know but that's not the bad part i was force to go into another class and work even more for the grade that i lost in special education. they wont allow me to get that grade, they told me that i was unable to do anything in that class, the special education class was not a requirement, it counted has a elective and they all think i did nothing. i might never graduate they don't help me at all.

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  1. For an IEP, your parents had to have worked with the school to put one in place. You make no mention of your parents--what do they say? As long as you're a minor, they make the decisions. If your parents are unhappy with your IEP, they should hire an education law attorney to deal with the school.

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  2. If you are 18 years old, then you have the right to direct your education (unless your parents have been designated by a Court as your legal guardians because you are incapable of deciding for yourself). Thus,if you choose, you must be part of the IEP team that develops your individual education program.

    You may reject all IEP services and request that you be placed in the regular education program, but at your age local state law may prevent you from continuing because you are "too old". The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that services be given to all qualified students until age 21 or upon graduation if sooner.


  3. If you are under 18, which your question suggests, your parents the school can place you in special education through a process that is heavily regulated. If you are unhappy with credit or grades, that can be addressed through your IEP team. Talk to your parents and tell them your concerns. If you are in a situation where that is not an option, speak with a person you trust at the school. Most educators will bend over backwards to address your concerns.

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