Saturday, October 19, 2013

Special Education in Woodstock

Just when I was thinking about dropping one of my other blogs (that one, about Special Education), I received a phone call from a woman with questions about special education in the Woodstock school district. it seems her son was graduated from Woodstock High School with a second-grade reading level and was not offered any services beyond 12th Grade.


This brought back clear memories of my own experience with special education and Woodstock District 200. Parents of Special Ed students desperately need full and complete information about the services to be provided to their children, and they shouldn't have to fight to get it.

There ought to be a partnership between parents and Education. In fact, much is made of the "IEP Team" concept, except parents are too often not considered equal team members. Too often, and too quickly, it becomes "us vs. them".

Special Ed parents are often kept segregated from one another, which prevents sharing of information about process, schools, teachers  and who is helpful - and who is not.

The other blog is and it will continue, after all. Your comments and stories are welcome.

If you have a child or grandchild in Special Education, or if you know someone who does, please direct them to that blog.

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