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MDUSD Special Education Parent meeting Tuesday

By Theresa Harrington
Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 7:34 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school district will hold a meeting for special education parents Tuesday to discuss proposed changes next year.

Here is more information, which was posted in the CAC blog:

“IMPORTANT MEETING FOR ALL PARENTS OF MDUSD SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS – TUESDAY, MAY 29
The Mt. Diablo School District is holding a meeting for parents who have children that receive special education services in their district.  There are many changes happening in the Fall and staff will be providing parents with pertinent information.

Meeting Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, May 29 7:00pm
Monte Gardens School Library
3841 Larkspur Drive (next to the District Office)
Concord 94519

Topics to be discussed include:

Middle School Services including Collaborative/SDC Changes

Transportation Changes

AAC/Assistive Technology Assessment Time

Autism Specific Classroom Update

Update on FCMAT Studies (Transportation and Special Education)

Please plan to attend this very important meeting.

Thank you.
Lorrie Davis
CAC Chairperson”

Do you think the district should publicly notice this meeting on its website?

MAY 30 UPDATE: Here is the link to the meeting Powerpoint: http://bit.ly/KUZMmF

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  • Anon

    Yes they should notice this meeting. They should have also told staff in Ms Brownes office. I called and no one knew what I was talking about. Special education is a very important topic. I am not sure how they can make changes without the FCMAC report. From what I understand it is not even beginning until June More mismanagement knee jerk decisions.

  • Flippin Tired

    Special Ed doesn’t even know which students are at which schools, and they’re the ones who place them. Too many queen bees in that hive, not enough actual worker bees.

  • Doctor J

    How could Mildred not know about the meeting or its topics, specific to Special Ed ? Who told Lorie Davis to write the letter with such specific information ? @Anon#1 Your eyes are beginning to open. The FCMAT is just a smokescreen to do whatever they want. FCMT gets very controlled information from the District. Garbage in, Garbage Out.

  • Theresa Harrington

    According to this website, “BACHE is an organization of parents and other community members that promotes the teaching of comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate, bias-free sex education in public schools throughout the Bay Area. BACHE has combated abstinence-only sex education in the public schools and has succeeded in getting comprehensive sex education implemented in several school districts throughout the Bay Area, including Mt. Diablo Unified, Oakland Unified, and Fremont Unified”: http://coastsider.com/site/news/baches_parent_toolkit_helps_parents_improve_sex_education_in_their_kids_sch/5818

  • Theresa Harrington

    The district is hosting Transitional Kindergarten meetings starting tomorrow: http://www.mdusd.org/NewsRoom/Documents/transitional-kindergarten.pdf

  • Confused

    I don’t understand how they can fund transitional kindergarten. Regular old kindergarten isn’t even mandatory in California. Why don’t they cancel all kindergarten, and keep the programs they need in special ed? There will probably be lawsuits filed tomorrow morning if anyone’s current IEP requirement is defunded.

  • Theresa Harrington

    They can fund Transitional Kindergarten because the May revise would allow districts to receive ADA funding for students that are enrolled, as long as the district approves them on a case-by-case basis.

    Please note that I have added a May 30 update to this blog with a link to the meeting Powerpoint. I will also do a separate blog post with video links.

    Although Mildred Browne said the district received good feedback from those who attended the meeting, I have also heard that some parents thought the information could have just been sent in an email or letter.

  • Anon

    The Power Point is terrible. I would think that with all the PHD’s in the Dent Center they could figure out how to do a presentation with some real information.
    Where did Mildred get positive feedback? I hear that many left the meeting completly confused or outright P.O.’d I also heard that they would not take questions. They had to be in writing and no one answered them. When and where will they post the questions? Do I trust them to post all of the hard questions…..NO! They need to be clear and tell parents now.
    I agree that the law suits will be filed soon! Dr. Browne can’t handle this.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here is a new blog post with video clips from most of the meeting: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2012/05/30/upcoming-changes-to-mdusd-special-education-programs/

    They did ask people to write down their questions and promised to post them, along with answers, on the CAC blog at http://mtdiablosped.blogspot.com/.

    While I was writing down some of the questions, Patz came and took down the paper. I did see one email with several questions, including:

    “Why were parents not notified (of changes) prior to placement decisions being made?”

    Anyone with questions about autism or transportation is invited to send them to Patton at pattonc@mdusd.org.

    Several parents were trying to ask questions after the presentation, but Patz asked them to leave the room so the custodian could go home. Then, parents were standing in a dark corridor outside trying to get their questions answered by district staff.

  • Anon

    More confusion from the district. What they fail to understand most of the time is Special Ed parents know more than they do. Again, law suits are coming! Be prepared for some big stories.

  • Hell Freezing Over

    TH #9 – a district person presenting at a meeting came over and took your hand written notes?! WTH?! Did you ask Patz to hand your notes back to you? Did you get them back?

    Regarding moving the autism classes from Silverwood – I remember those classes were one of the reasons the school was ultimately not closed during the school closure fiasco – changing routines and familiar surroundings are big issues for the students.

    This entire SpecEd “proposed changes”is a nightmare in the making.

  • Theresa Harrington

    HFO: No, he didn’t take my notes. Sorry, I didn’t explain that well. There was a large sheet of paper with questions that other people wrote on sticky notes attached to it. I was looking at the sticky notes and he came and took away the large sheet of paper.

    I also remember the special ed classes at Silverwood being one reason that parents advocated for keeping the school open. Are there more than three special ed programs at that school? If so, it’s possible the principal doesn’t have enough time to handle all the IEPs now that there is no vp. That was the rationale given at the meeting for moving programs.

  • Anon

    Perhaps Silverwood is on the Chopping block again.
    They mentioned Pine Hollow keeping the class it already has but what about Diablo View? I heard a rumor that those kids will be moved to Pine Hollow and Diablo View would only have the LH class?

  • Theresa Harrington

    There was no mention of Diablo View, but they did say they were creating a new “moderate” middle school class.