Early on in most relationships, it can be a bit murky deciding who should pay for dinner regardless of who is the bread-winner. Eventually, it works itself out although it can continue to be a source of frustration if both parties are not forthright or comfortable with the situation. If your kid has significant learning or reading issues then who is responsible for paying for all of the recommended services?
The Independent Evaluation
When it became airtight evident that our daughter was not progressing or progressing inconsistently, with confidence I requested an independent evaluation from the school district. Perhaps I could have or should have done this earlier, but I bristled at the idea of our daughter sitting through six weeks of assessments. The kid is continuously pulled out of school and all the sitting! She’s a kid. She should be running around.
When kids miss school for learning assessments, they are counted as absences!
Additionally, I felt a bit ill about potentially doling out a few thousand dollars if the school district turned down the request. Many of my friends had requested an independent evaluation through the school or district and were denied or decided just to pay out-of-pocket. I want to make it clear that I am not an expert on Wright’s Law and cannot comment on the legalities of any of this. There are people more in the know that may have more informed things to say about our rights to an independent evaluation, and how to navigate the probable loopholes on both sides.
In our case, the school district was footing the bill, and there was no challenge getting their blessing. Admittedly, the documentation was undisputable, but still, for families not used to getting good news from the school district, getting the green light for the assessment so quickly was thrilling! I’ve written in previous blogs about the impact that the results of the neuro assessment had on our family, but there’s another twist. What about all of the money spent on the assessment and the potential financial implications of the results of the assessment?
Who Pays to Teach My Kid to Read?
The district just spent a few thousand dollars to have an expert recommend potential solutions. Thank you for this! The highly educated and paid expert recommends a private school for language differences, homeschooling, or the most widely accepted, research-backed multi-sensory interventions. Radically these solutions, most notably the private school, is the cost to keep our daughter dreaming. So, now what?
If a district spends a few thousand dollars on an independent evaluation shouldn’t there be specific criteria they follow to accept, reject or mildly disagree with the recommendations or is the assessment just protocol and the results up to the whim of the school district to support or comply?
I’ve heard stories of schools where the recommendations are blatantly ignored. Thank heavens we did not have that experience, but there is no doubt that there’s an elephant in the room-private school for reading differences, amongst others. Perhaps the current intervention, READ 180, needs to be tried before the school considers the “gold-standard” intervention or maybe private school will never be an option unless we work with an educational attorney. There are no clear paths in this world.
The Journey Continues
The next post will look further at who pays to teach my kid to read, and why the potential solutions continue to remain elusive.