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We have a 504 plan for my grandson but the school refuses to contact his advocate who we chose for him. She has had the same learning issues and knows how to address that with the teachers and guidance. We are alittle frustrated.




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We have a 504 plan for my grandson but the school refuses to contact his advocate who we chose for him. She has had the same learning issues and knows how to address that with the teachers and guidance. We are alittle frustrated.


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LiviaMcCoy writes:
These things are indeed very frustrating! I am sorry you are having to deal with this. I think I would call the person in charge of his 504 plan. This is probably who you met with to negotiate the plan. It is most likely a special education teacher at the school. It is possible that they need a signed consent form from you allowing them to contact the advocate. (That's no excuse, they should have called you if that's an issue.) You should feel free to call and call until you finally get an answer about why they have not made the contact. Good luck!
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dsloshberg writes:
They have signed consent for her. They just are not getting the picturre. The advocate we have is extremely good and she will contact the school but the problem is that she has much knowedge of hw much trouble they can get into for not dealing with her and she when she does contact them, may let them know that court may be the next option if they don't get it together. To be honest we want to avoid that mostly for my grandson. I am really concerned that they really do not know that jus because a kid is not sevely handicap doesn't mean that they don't need the assistance. We took him to a speach and hearing specialist and because he scores just above the expected scores they just brush us off. It is really frustrating!! Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
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LiviaMcCoy writes:
It is true the school can be held accountable, and I agree with you that becoming contentious does not help your grandson. Perhaps your advocate could call and start off with, "I understand how very busy you are, and I appreciate how hard you work. When can we meet?" Perhaps this way they will be more willing to help. I do not know the answer here, but you need to keep trying to get the help your grandson needs. Many schools have cut back staff during this economic downturn, and the school psychologist might be overwhelmed with work.
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jsotelo writes:
Contact the school district-- via email so you have written documentation and so that your concerns and requests are clearly made known. Also, you might want to look into finding a civil rights advocate in your area.
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suzie writes:
iep has a number to call. board of education. call the mayor if they know you are serious then they will take you seriously us goverment the mayor has email. How would know this.
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LiviaMcCoy writes:
I agree that you need to contact them in writing (either letter or email--and keep a copy). I would explain that your desire is to avoid court, but the next step might have to be court proceedings. I would find out from my advocate exactly what is involved in going to court. find out how much your grandson will have to be involved. Unfortunately, it's the "squeaky wheel that gets the grease."
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