After my last IEP meeting, it was obvious that there was a need for an aid in Daniel’s Science class. With 50% of the 22 students being special needs students, I was shocked to discover the teacher didn’t already have an aid.
When I arrived home, I got my girls settled into a project and started drafting an email to the head ESE Liaison at the middle school.
I decided to request a meeting with her while also addressing the aid problem. Doing this, built in a deadline for action. If she is meeting with me, she knows I will be asking about this situation at that time.
Even though I was outraged at the lack of an aid in a class populated by so many ESE students, I didn’t want to alienate Mrs. E**** by attacking her or the school. I wanted to use language that clearly indicated I knew my child’s rights without being overly aggressive.
Here is my email:
Within an hour and a half, I had this reply:
Following attached email:
I am glad to have made progress. I know this will not solve all problems, but it is a step in the right direction. I am looking forward to being able to see what else can be accomplished during the meeting with Mrs. E*****.