Too common a concern?

At the Greenwich (CT, US) Time site, Colin Gustafson described a meeting where parents of students with disabilities expressed concern about the special education services their children received from the local schools. Under the headline “Parents voice rage over special education in meeting with Freund, Board of Ed chairman,” Mr. Gustafson reported some of the concerns parents raised and some of the responses from school administrators.

Parents’ frustration with the district’s handling of their children’s special education needs boiled over several times during a meeting with the school board chairman and superintendent Wednesday morning.

Many attendees said the families who strongly advocate for their children — even wage legal battles on their behalf — are too often labeled as “problem parents” and have their concerns dismissed by district administrators.

I wonder how many of these sorts of meetings occur but are not reported in the press. Perhaps some of the parents who read this blog can comment on how common these concerns are.

Read Mr. Gustafson’s report, “Parents voice rage over special education in meeting with Freund, Board of Ed chairman.”

2 Responses to “Too common a concern?”

  • I’ve worked in three states in urban and rural districts. Each location has “problem parents”. In no cases, however, did I find the parent’s issues to be completely unfounded. Very often they were a result of less-than-stellar services being provided.

  • Consider, too, that it’s the “problem parents” who push through – how many other parents with painfully justifiable issues have had to prioritize and decide that fighting the schools costs too much emotionally as well as financially or in time.

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