Child in Spec Ed - Still can't read - school wants to mainstream her
I am new stepmom of a 12 year old, mildy mentally retarded daughter. I have no children of my own. My stepdaughter is an absolute joy. She is enthusiastic, well behaved, happy, hard working and has outstanding family support at her full time home with her mother's family(supportive stepdad, 18 year old sister and 16 year old brother) and her every other weekend home with her dad and me. She has been in a self contained special ed class in public school for many years and is about to finish the 6th grade. She has always gotten A's and B's but cannot read, write or make change. This weekend her father and I helped her with her homework which involved learning about Islam. Previously we helped her learn about Buddism. We are not against her learning about Islam and other religions, but we feel that learning how to read street signs and making change is more important. Next year she will need to attend a Jr high and the school wants to mainstream her as a 7th grader! Her mother is well educated on her special needs and is looking for alternatives. I want to help as much as I can. Does anybody have any experience in "fighting" for a childs' right to learn the basics? The IDEA states that every child has the right to a free education and to learn the basics. If the school refuses to provide this, can we get then to fund the cost of private education alternatives? Any advice is welcome!