Monday, December 13, 2010
Tell prospective K parents what you think of your elementary school's special ed program!
As I look at public and charter middle schools for my special ed son, I can't help but think of those parents who are just starting the school journey with kids who may need special ed services. I have learned the hard way that I have to make repeated visits to prospective schools: first, to hear how the principal and the general tour guides talk about special ed at the school; and, second, to have more in-depth conversations with the special ed professionals at each school. Prospective K special ed parents, however, have a far larger number of schools to look into, and are going into it with many more unknowns about how much help their kid is going to need. So I thought those of us with kids already in elementaries owe it to prospective K parents to let them know what we think of our elementary's special ed program. Keeping it constructive while being as specific as possible, could people use this thread to let prospective K parents know which schools -- public, private or charter -- have good special ed programs and which have ones that need more, ahem, help? Furthermore, what questions about special ed should prospective K parents be asking at those schools? Finally, what avenues does a special ed parent have if things start to sour at their elementary school?