SD18E-1001122

PASSAIC county - SPECIAL EDUCATION

Negotiation with district to obtain IEEs, new placement, and comp. ed. IEP meeting scheduled for October 17th.

DG is a 15-year-old who has been diagnosed with ADHD, Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. He has a history of disruptive behavior in school and has been treated by therapists for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and school refusal. DG moved to a new school district in September 2016. For the 2016-17 school year, he was placed in a self-contained classroom for students with learning and language disabilities, but at the start of the 2017-18 school year, he was transferred to a general education classroom with pull out resource for Language Arts and Math. DG’s mother, SD, believes that her son’s behaviors worsened last year due to his increasing frustrations with the academic requirements of his general education placement. In May 2018, SD submitted a written request for DG to be transferred to a therapeutic school, but the district denied her request. In addition, the district’s triennial reevaluation in 2017 consisted solely of an educational evaluation and SD believes the evaluator only spent 15 minutes with DG.  SD is seeking independent evaluations, including a psychological, educational, psychiatric; placement in a therapeutic out-of-district school, if warranted, or alternatively a small high school in the district; and compensatory behavioral services.

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