Parents' rights to obtain info about private special ed programs
Does anyone know anything about this? Our district school's Supervisor of Special Services told me I'm not allowed to inquire about programs offered in my son's current school for next yr w/out a member of the child study team present. I was also told that the teachers and other staff members are not allowed to make recommendations about programs or placement. B/c the district is paying for my son's education, they say it's their decision as to where my son goes to school, and it's not the private school's place to make any suggestions, even at a parent's request. Is this true? As a member of the IEP team, I shld have a right to see these programs and ask questions so I can make an informed decision.
It seems that our school district makes up their own rules. Last yr I visited the kindergarten class that my son was in this yr and spoke to the teacher about the program. No one from the child study team was w/ me at the time. This yr, I spoke to the teacher again, but when I didn't get all the info from her, I went to the principal. He told me what he knew about the program, and he also highly recommended it for my son. When I informed the Supervisor of Special Services about my decision to wanting to leave my son in the private school, she said no. This was after we were told by our case manager (another member of the CST) to look at both school programs (in the private and public school). She told us we wld be given a choice of programs. However, now the whole thing got squashed. If it wasn't for me looking into the private school program on my own, I may never have been given the info I rec'd. It seems that the district doesn't want parents to know too much. This being the case, how can I trust that their being honest about anything else their telling me? We keep getting conflicting and vague information. After speaking to the principal of the private school the first time, I called him again. The once helpful person that he was, was now a hesitant studdering man who had changed his tune totally! He was afraid to tell me anything! I feel like I can't trust anyone. All I want is the best for my son, and no one will help me. I feel like I can't win w/ these people, yet I'm still determined to try. This whole process has been so exhausting and so frustrating!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!