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Segregating kids with IEPs?

My first grader with ADHD and some fine motor issues is reading at a 3rd grade level and has no behavioral issues but was put into a class where the majority of children appear to be have special challenges - either they’re on IEPs or have serious behavioral issues.  We suspect the school did this so that their limited special education staff would only need to be in one classroom.  Can they/should they do this?  In our view keeping all the special needs kids in one classroom makes it a special ed classroom, not a general population one (and he is legally entitled to be educated with the general population).  We’re not opposed to having other special needs children in the class, but we suspect the numbers around 15 out of 24 with IEPs (we’re waiting on information from the school on the numbers).
The specialists have told us that he needs to be with academically advanced kids to keep is attention.  He’s already telling me that they do “baby work” in his new class.  He receives very limited services and we’re doubtful that they help him at all - isn’t he better off being in a regular classroom? Do we drop the IEP and try to get his class switched?  Or do we let him stay where he is and work with him at home to challenge him, encouraging him to be a helper in his class?  I’m worried this school year will be a waste for him. 
Thank you!

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I’m pretty certain the law is that if more than 40% of the children in the class have IEP’s, than it is a self contained class.  Look over your sons IEP and see what his minutes are and what placement they gave him.  I you feel the classroom is too restrictive, you can ask for a meeting to discuss the placement.  Just remember, the children who do have IEP’s will all have different needs.  Some will have behavior issues, while others have learning difficulties.  As long as the majority (60%) do not have iep’s, it is not consisted a self contained class. And there should be a general edu teacher co teaching with the special edu teacher.

Posted by Sporty on Sep 01, 2014 at 2:06am

In my experience, special needs kids tend to be clustered together because they are assigned to the teacher(s) that is best with special needs students. It may be different in your area, but kids weren’t separated based on academic achievement level/intelligence until 4th grade.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Sep 02, 2014 at 3:10pm

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