Story of Justice: John Requires Special Attention From His School
John had a history of poor academics and behaviors in his school. The student’s situation was not getting better and seemed to require special attention which the school was not providing.
When John’s case was brought to Legal Aid, we requested a Response to Intervention (RTI) and an evaluation for John.
Unfortunately, John’s school had a history of going past legally required timelines and even misplacing consent forms for evaluations.
After the request, Legal Aid followed up with the school to ensure that John’s evaluation was completed within the sixty (60) school day requirement pursuant to the statute.
The evaluation occurred by the deadline and an Eligibility Meeting was scheduled to discuss the evaluation results and determine if an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is needed. An IEP is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services.
Why It Matters
John and his family are glad to finally be listened to and have Legal Aid advocate for their needs. Legal Aid will be present to strongly advocate for an IEP if the evaluation results indicate that one is needed.
*Names and images have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients