Our Children, Our Challenge
Lost in Translation
Among the Elite
Jennifer is an assistant special ed teacher in Harwich but despite being a part of the system she can’t find help for her own child.
When parents and school districts find themselves in conflict over what services a child needs and deserves under the law, there is a process available to help reach agreement. The process can go all the way to a state hearing, though most often things are settled before then. Sean Corcoran talks with a parent who used the appeals process to compel her school district to do what it said it would, but it meant hiring an advocate and an attorney and eventually logging a complaint with the state before her case was settled. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, which hears appeal cases, recently was found to be violating state regulations.