My daughter will be three next month and is set to transition out of EI. Our state has mandated pre-k for all four year olds so instead of having a special needs preschool, kids are mainstreamed at three in the pre-k classrooms. We had our eligibility meeting yesterday and I am so frustrated. Our home school (one of the best in the state, literally half a mile from our house) was deemed inappropriate after an acoustic evaluation. They want me to drive her to another school that is one of the worst ranked in the state (371st out of 399 elementary schools) and 20-30 minutes from our house. They have not performed an acoustic evaluation on this school but it is identical in layout/materials to another school which was tested. We have requested an evaluation of this school but I really do not want to send her there. I don't think it's fair that she has to attend one of the worst schools, outside of our zoning area no less, just because she is disabled. Furthermore, because she has done well on the testing she does not qualify for speech therapy services. My DEAF kid does not qualify for speech. This just blows my mind. So because we have worked hard getting her the therapies she needs we now have to wait for her to fall behind before she gets any help from the school.
Has anyone successfully had their child's placement changed? We have our IEP meeting coming up and that will be my last chance to argue against this placement. They sprung it on us at the eligibility meeting and the people that make the placement decisions weren't even there. We haven't even met them and I have no idea if they will be at the IEP meeting.