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#1 of 9 Old 10-19-2012, 06:53 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Totally cross posting because I want to get the word out!

 

On Monday I am being interviewed by representatives from the US Department of Justice regarding their investigation into discrimination against GA public school students with disabilities!

 

From the The Southern Poverty Law Center:

The state of Georgia discriminated against students with disabilities by funding public schools through a formula that encouraged schools to unnecessarily segregate students with disabilities to receive greater funding. The Department of Justice launched an investigation after the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a complaint with the department charging the state of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Education with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

 

Additionally Dekalb County School District is under investigation by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges which provides accreditation to school districts.

 

So why am I being interviewed? Because my son has disabilities and has not been adequately served by his school district.

 

I am trying to bring as much attention to these issues as possible. Their are so many children without a voice. Parents don't know or understand their rights.

 

https://www.facebook.com/TeachJoshToRead Is our facebook page which is linked to our blog. Please pay attention to what is going on with public education. If we don't hold the people in power accountable they will continue to get away with not educating our kids and fattening their pockets with tax payer money.

 

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Awesome!!!  I'm so glad this is being looked into. Are you nervous at all? (I would be because I don't like speaking in front of people)

 

Please keep us updated about how it goes.

 

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I'm actually not nervous. I am just really excited! The only thing I worry about is forgetting to say something so I am making a list to remind myself about important points. I'm ready to scream about this from the roof tops. I am also so glad that there is an investigation. It feels like I am trying to move mountains but I can't do it alone.
 


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The list is the great idea. You can keep tweaking it over the weekend so you don't forget anything.

 

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A list of points to make is a really good idea. I do this for IEP meetings, and it helps me keep my head together. It's intimidating!

Also, if you have all your school correspondance, testing info, and other documents, get them all together in an organized binder and bring that. Print emails, and bring any notes you have accumulated over the last several years. Documented information is powerful. (A special ed teacher at our school calls us "binder moms". It is seen by the school as a sign that the parents are paying very close attention. The vice principal has also asked to look through my binder because the previous special ed director had left DD's records in shambles.)

I read your blog. Your story is sadly very familiar. This keeps happening to people over and over and over across the country.
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I am a binder mom and I have three feet worth of binders! I haven't been able to get all the way caught up to present day yet on the blog; he's in 6th grade now and we had ESY over the summer. I also left out a lot of stuff. I am trying to keep the posts short so that people will actually read them smile.gif  My son's advocate and attorney said that his case is one of the worst they have seen that involves LD as primary eligibility. I am aware as to how common these stories are and it really makes me angry! I am especially angry knowing that children in poverty really get the short end of the deal. I feel like I have to fight not only for my son but for all the children. Our school district is a mess and is under investigate for a number of things. Just two years ago the superintendent was found guilty for embezzling school funds among other charges. 

 

Here's something funny <insert sarcasm> that just happened: My son is on hospital home bound for his severe school anxiety. He gets 2 hours of tutoring a day, M-F, from the county, math and language arts. We just got his report card in the mail and he had all As and one B. He had a B in health and an A in ELT as well as As in math and language arts. He isn't taking health or ELT so how the bleep does he have grades for these classes!!! duh.gif


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Put 'em in a bankers box and bring them.

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I met with DOJ. They had a lot of questions! They also want me to send them copies of a bunch of my son's records, IEPs, FBAs, and so on. I think we are just getting started with something major!
 


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clap.gif  I think this is very timely with so many schools nationwide cutting services due to financial strain. This is very important. 
 


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