Over the past 4 years there has been a small group of parents intrenched at SPS controlling the dialog with SPS SPED administration. They sit on the SEACC group and SpEd PTSA. They are fierce advocates for their agenda which is AUTISM and other pervasive issues.
They write position papers on:
Use of restraints.
Discipline and Disproportionality in Special Education
First Class Citizenship for Students with
Link to SPED PTSA website
Link to SEACC website
They pick their own noble causes, but again there is a common theme to the work...AUTISM.
Autistic students deserve FAPE just like every student, but there needs to be balanced representation with the district.
48% of SPED students have SLD issues effecting academic achievement, but SLD students are never discussed at SEACC. This is because parents of SLD students that do take the time to attend quickly realize they are out numbered and their concerns are usually dismissed.
Yes there are a FEW SPED students with AUTISM and SLD in the hi functioning side.
We hear the usual "you think you have it bad" lame argument or " at least your kid gets text books" is another common line to dismiss parents concerns.
It's important for parents to let the district know that SEACC and SpEd ptsa doesn't speak for every student or family.
It might be worth revisiting joining the SpEd ptsa with the new president having promised to work on issues effecting SLD students.