What do these letters stand for: I.E.P., or what do they mean?

Yeah, we all know what they stand for, but, what do they mean? At my school Individual Education Plans mean a student with an IEP has the right to roam the halls at will, molest children, and assault children.

As I drink my morning coffee I see I brought home a suspension slip for a student. This student was touching a girl inappropriately. He did it last year as well. The teacher told me about it because the girl was afraid to complain and did not want him writing a pink slip on the offender. It seems she made the same complaint last year and actions taken only made the matter worse. I have the victim’s older sister in my class. I told her and she told her parents. Her Dad came down and at least got a result for two days.

Another student just runs the halls all day. By the afternoon he is walking in and out of classrooms, knocking on doors, yelling into classrooms. It’s all on film and I’ve pink slipped him eight times in the past ten days.

I could go on and on with examples but that is not the point.

By and large most IEP students are well behaved and easy to work with. But for those exceptions, I have to question why administration is so disinclined to take action. We are told it is because of their legal rights: But regular education students have equal legal rights to a meaningful and safe education. In a case of competing and equal rights why is it necessary for courts or politicians to intervene? Why can’t administrators do their job and insure each child is in the best possible learning environment?

Dangerous behaviors unacceptable by societal standards are not typically manifestations of a child’s learning disability. If violence/aggression is a learning a disability or a manifestation of one, then that individual child cannot be safely integrated into a larger population.

Children in Philadelphia learn the dangers of snitching in schools. Other students learn inappropriate behaviors are O.K. I am told this past Thursday another boy grabbed a girl in a molesting type manner. Reportedly he was told he would be suspended if he does it again.

The hidden curriculum in Philadelphia is dangerous to society and it shows up in our criminal statistics.

 

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9 Responses to “What do these letters stand for: I.E.P., or what do they mean?”

  1. Roz Says:
    December 14, 2008 at 2:38 am   editI must be saying something incendiary, since my comment has suddenly disappeared from my screen twice already!
    Again–if the school is not , or cannot “do anything” about the situation, the parents of the victim must press criminal charges, so there is an official, legal record of the behavior. DHS must be alerted, and the victim must have a legal advocate. Our superintendent has publically stated that violent behavior by students would not be tolerated, and the offender would be removed from the school. Is “grabbing and molesting” would violent enough to be considered a serious incident? Must there be broken bones or bloodshed? Is the superintendent even aware of this particular situation?
  2. CharlieC Says:
    December 14, 2008 at 9:32 am   editWhen there is competition in a student’s mind between feer and learning, fear wins.
  3. keithnewman Says:
    December 14, 2008 at 5:22 pm   editi’d be interested to know if this school is the norm or the exception. I hope more teachers comment. In Philadelphia, this in my belief is the norm.
  4. Shanee G Says:
    December 14, 2008 at 6:35 pm   editI am a philly public school teacher. this is most definitely not the norm in my school. I have a stellar principal despite my school’s reputation
  5. MHall Says:
    December 14, 2008 at 10:04 pm   editI have long been frustrated by the inaction of administration when “hall walkers,” (those students with I.E.Ps that for whatever reason are allowed to walk the halls without consequences) disrupt my instruction. I’m often compelled to write up or document hall walkers for inappropriate behaviors not conducive to education which wouldn’t occur had they been in class or had previous consequences, if actually given, been effective in squelching the offending conduct. This is another concern that every member of the school deals with on an on-going basis. Sometimes the administration’s hands are tied also. I have to believe that there is a solution which will service the many not the few. Thank you for this forum in which these problematic issues can be grieved and discussed.
  6. Joe Hill Says:
    December 14, 2008 at 11:06 pm   editIt’s interesting how administrators will allow problem kids to roam the halls if they get fed up with them. God forbid any teacher should allow the kid to do that or they would be written up in a heartbeat. Grab a kid and push him into a cabinet like certain school security and you can expect an investigation. As a result kids learn quickly that what they can’t get away with in halls they can do in the classroom. The teacher can’t even break up fights without fear of getting written up and the administration is more concerned about that a parent might go running downtown to complain so they bend over backwards to appease tyrants. This all erodes the power of teachers to maintain discipline in their own rooms. Tack on it the rising dumping of IEP students into rooms without the necessary additional support systems and you have a disaster waiting to happen.
  7. Bob Shipman Says:
    December 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm   editThis is scary , I don’t think it is the norm. please join us here, we have about 1600 parents and professionals. Each is benefiting from the dialog. The parents has had a number of issues and barriers removed as a result of posting and or emailing the members that are professional or lay persons with experience with the issue.

    A group for Philadelphia parents who have found employment or are now seeking employment through a welfare-to-work program in Philadelphia and want additional information related to helping their kids in school and in the community. Welfare-to-work helps parents get jobs. The Philadelphia Parent Partner list helps parents support their children. Both are needed to insure success in the workplace and the community.

  8. Bob Shipman Says:
    December 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm   editA group for Philadelphia parents who have found employment or are now seeking employment through a welfare-to-work program in Philadelphia and want additional information related to helping their kids in school and in the community. Welfare-to-work helps parents get jobs. The Philadelphia Parent Partner list helps parents support their children. Both are needed to insure success in the workplace and the community.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/parentpartner/

  9. keithnewman Says:
    December 15, 2008 at 10:00 pm   editThe scariest thing about teaching in Philly is seeing the citizens and power brokers of Philadelphia ignore what teachers have been complaining about for years, and then watching our crime rate grow while Police have difficulty solving crimes due to no snitching.
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