General education teacher provides special education?
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|Wed, 06-19-2013 - 11:51pm|
I have a question about this, and need to see if anyone knows more about the law concerning this than I do.
As I posted before, my son qualifies for services for written expression disorder. We do our primary schooling through an ALE school (think Charter School) in the district. I am his primary teacher, but he does get some onsite classes as well. The district wants him to do the Read 180 at the regular school. He also qualifies for speech therapy. He is 5th grade, writing at a 2nd grade level and reading at 11th grade level. I don't feel that remedial reading, what Read 180 is, is the answer.
The principal at our school emailed some people with my concerns. And came back and told me that he would be in general education for Language Arts, with accommidations. 2 hours a day. Which is better than being in a remedial reading program, but....the ALE has a program called Excellence in Writing. And it is going to be offered at my son's grade level next year. But the principal checked, and the district said that he can't take the class in place of the services that they are offering because it is not taught by a special education teacher. But neither, apparently, is the new class they want to put him in.
So, I am fine doing what I have been doing with him - he is making progress. I would be happy to not have him in any writing program at the school (not even sure that with accommodations the one at the ALE would be appropriate anyhow - I need to look at the curriculum.) But the kicker is, I have been told, in WA you MUST accept the whole offered IEP plan or move to a part time student status. Which means I would not get as big of a learning plan budget for him, and the portortion taken by the district for speech therapy would be larger (a double whammy.)
I would like to argue that what they initially offered was not appropriate. I would also like to argue that it is not services if it a general education teacher is teaching. My understanding is that accommodations can and need to be done by ALL general education teachers. I would like for them to admit that they have no appropriate services and just let me do the accommodations (as I already do.) Then he could get his full budget and still get speech therapy.
I know I am probably the only person on this board in this strange situation. I guess I need to know for sure if services can be done by a non-special education teacher, legally. Anyone have any idea?