Bergen county - special education
Negotiation with district regarding evaluations, IEP, and comp. ed.
MP is an 8-yr-old 3rd-grader who has been diagnosed with depression, oppositional defiant disorder, and ADHD. Her grandfather, DP, adopted her in 2015 as she was previously placed with foster parents who neglected her (her mother is incarcerated). Since September 2016, MP has been in and out of school due to her oppositional and noncompliant behaviors in school, such as hiding, refusing to speak for three months, and running out of the building. In the fall, the district transferred MP to a new school, which she refused to attend. She is currently attending the old school in the morning and receiving home instruction in the afternoon. However, at a recent IEP meeting, the district proposed transferring her back to the new school. DP requested that his granddaughter be transferred to an out-of-district therapeutic school, but the district said there was not enough money in the budget. MP is currently not going to school. DP is seeking an attorney to advocate for independent evaluations, development of an appropriate IEP including a BIP, compensatory behavioral services, and, if appropriate, an out-of-district placement at a therapeutic school.
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