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Thanks for all the great work answering questions. My question is regarding the law and meetings. The school has played this strange routine on me more than once. Last minute cancellations with no explanation, making me fight for an agreed upon observation. I don't know what to do. I take off work at a job I'm not secure at and I totally rearrange my schedule and time and they behave so unfairly. Example: I will call at 3:00 with a new time. No one calls. 2 days go by with me leaving messages. This is routine. Can you imagine if I did this to them? I feel so powerless. I have it all documented but I don't how to give it teeth. Thank you.


The school is putting you between a rock and a hard spot. I suggest you talk to the principal of your school or the head of special education in your district. You need to share with them your documentation and ask them to intervene. It might have more impact if you write a letter to them both.

If it is still going on, you may have to file for Due Process, but that is really a big gun that will cost you time and money.

I wish you and your child the best,
Tim Runner, Advocate
Advocates for Kids
Phone: (949) 582-3601
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Questions concerning special education: IEP, assessments, Due Process, mediation, resolution conference, federal law, state law, qualifying for services, residential treatment, special day classes, resource specialists, procedures, having your child assessed, adaptive PE, speech & language, non-public school, FAPE, and tuition reimbursement.


I have been an education advocate representing students and parents for six years. My experience includes: representing my clients in IEPs, SSTs, Due Process, review assessment results for my clients, and mediations. I have represented clients with learning disabilities, autism, Downs Syndrome, cognitively challenged, emotional problems, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and physical disabilities. I have also represented clients to County Mental Health Departments and Regional Centers. My clients range from pre-school to college students in many states.

I have a degree in Mathematics from the University of California with minors in Psychology and Physics. I also studied applied statistics in psychology at the graduate level. I have taught college classes, conducted seminars, written articles for various publications, and testified as an expert witness.

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