Retention vs Special Ed Law
I know this is a huge topic, and it's posed a lot of questions and dilemas for many parents. When a child is in spec ed, the law states: No Child Left Behind. I've gone back and forth w/ this issue. My son is 5 and in kindergarten. He has a summer birthday, therefore, he's one of the youngest in his class. He started school at age 3, right out of early intervention. He's been in a spec ed school since then, w/ the exception of pre-k when he attended both his private school and our public pre-k program. Our PS is now trying to encourage us to send our son to district where they plan on pulling him out for specific core classes. This is all fine, as long as our son's needs are being met and he can adjust to his new environment. My concern still is w/ his age. Why is it if your child is not classified that you have the choice to hold him/her back, but if he/she is classified, you're told it goes against spec ed law to retain him/her?
My thinking is this. My son's been in school since he was 3. If he stays in the private school he's in now, I wld have no problem advancing him to 1st grade. However, once he's in PS, it's a whole new ballpark. From our knowledge of our son's pre-school experience in PS, we found he fell backwards and his needs were not being met. We also didn't get the same feedback that we get from the private school. So, I'm concerned. This yr, we may have no choice but to send our son to PS. Why not make it easier for him by having him repeat grade K again? Honestly, if our son wasn't classified, we probably wld've held him back a yr anyway b/c of his age. It only happened that he entered school early b/c of his needs. Now add these struggles to the mix, and you'll understand my frustration. My younger son is 4, and he has no academic problems. His birthday is right at the cut-off, so we held him back for that reason. He'll be one of the oldest kids in his pre-k class this fall, but so what. I feel confident he'll do well.
Does anyone know enough about the No Child Left Behind Law to know if it's even possible to hold a child back even though he's classified? Maybe it will benefit him, maybe it won't make a difference. We'll never know unless we try. Opinions and advice PLEASE!!