When you think of the legal system, or a court of law, or a lawsuit, or really anything that deals with the terms "legal," your first thought probably isn't about schools and students. The two concepts simply don't mix, at least in the minds of many people. This could be due to the fact that we think of school and students as innocent and happy. That's the way they are supposed to be.
Schools here in California are required by law to provide students with special needs with access to a proper education. Failing to do so can result in litigation that may provide a student and their family with compensation if the school is found to have broken the law. Some people know this because they are frequent readers of our blog while others are aware of this fact because of stories they see in the news.
Whether students across the United States realize it or not, they are afforded a number of protections including the right to equal education. Any school that receives federal funding, including some schools that do not, must adhere to federal and state education laws that provide every student with the education they deserve.
Out of the five senses, most people would consider vision to be the most important because it gives us the ability to better understand the world around us through visualization. Although people with vision problems generally find visualization to be a challenge or impossible altogether, most find ways of adapting by using their other senses to compensate.
Schools here in California, as well as across the nation, have a duty to provide the best possible education to students regardless of whether they are special needs or not. In order to make sure that no student is left behind, school administrators and teachers need to be aware of their students' needs and make adjustments to the student's learning environment if necessary.
It's back-to-school time across the nation, which means new Individual Education Programs for students with special needs. As some of our more frequent readers may remember from our post on the subject at the beginning of this month, coming up with the best IEP for a child usually requires the help of administrators, teachers and parents. But in cases of divorce, this may be far more difficult than you think.
Being told that your child has a disability can be an overwhelming diagnosis to hear, especially when you learn about all of the things that go along with it. Your child may require disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, long-term medical care, or special rehabilitative services. If your child is school age, there are other things to consider too such as transportation to and from school and their education.
As we have said many times before, students with special needs have just as much of a right to a proper education as any other student. In order to achieve this, these students often require special services including modified transportation to get to and from school. If the school district does not offer these services, the student could miss out on the benefits of an education and the school district could find itself facing potential issues for this decision.
Did you know that since the late 1970s, public schools in the state of California have had little authority over where they allocate funds? Under the old system, schools were given a “pot of general dollars for every student,” which was then divvied up according to state guidelines. To comply with this two-tiered system, schools had to make sure that funding was being allocated to specific programs, such as special education, or risk losing that funding.
In 1975, Congress made it possible for students with severe disabilities to get a “free and appropriate education.” In 1990, that law was expanded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which required public schools to meet the educational needs of disabled students.