I met with my son's principal last Friday to discuss with him what our experience has been this year with getting services through spec. ed and the general climate of the school towards my DS and his ADHD issues.
To be concise, I told him up front that I intended to have a very direct conversation with him and that I wasn't looking for an apology and "we can always do better".
So, I laid it out there. I told him that I thought my son's teacher jumped ship this year and just couldn't understand/work with his lack of attention issues, that the school failed him this year, and, that the general intolerant climate of those with learning challenges is unacceptable.
I really feel like he was genuinely taken aback by what I reported. We came up with a serious plan. A follow up meeting with the district special ed person. A more comprehensive planning session for the back-to-school meeting for the teachers (a start to some education for them) at the end of summer with a highlighted special ed component. And, his invitation for me to join the steering committee- as he wants my voice heard.
So, we'll see. While my DS is my main concern, this whole experience is really fueling my desire to see some significant change for kids in special ed at our school (all over too of course, but I have to start at our school).