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I am currently 18 years old, and I am working under what seem to be several suppressive members of the office, that seem to be inhibiting my ability to proceed onwards from high school, due to their lack of follow through and knowledge on accommodations given to a special education student, such as myself. I am currently categorized under emotionally disturbed and do not have any learning disabilities, however, school has been tough for me because of my battle with depression and anxiety. The school has seemed to do little or none on helping me with this problem besides scheduling the mandatory PPT meetings and putting me in a singular Special Education Class, which practically offers no help. My current problem is truly a multitude of things that I will do my best to describe below.

 

To start, despite the scheduling of PPT's, placement into Special Education, and an addition of a class said to "help me" it appears I have reaped no benefits from any of these said academic aids. Few of my teachers have given me any accommodations that are stated on my 504 and IEP, my guidance counselor also seems to be not enforcing these accommodations very well. Over the course of my senior year, my grades have been very good, probably averaging into a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and I have shown considerable improvement in my academic pursuits compared to my past year and a half. Much of my last year and a half have been hard for me, going in and out of the hospital and seeking therapy twice a week. I ended up failing 3 classes, over the course of my sophomore and junior year, however one is about to be regained and another is only failing due to homework completion. Now they are telling my I will likely not be able to graduate due to being half a credit short of the requirement, I will not be able to go on the normal internship that seniors go on, and my transcript will be sent out showing Im a junior, making my colleges all deny me. They have shown little help to me, in fact over the course of the several years, Ive had a hard time just getting information about my progress and what they could do to help me, getting answers like "I dont know" and "maybe you should ask the teacher yourself" because, they did not follow through on their duties to check in with teachers. As you may expect, this is devastating to me, as all I get is occasional updates of me being unable to graduate, rather than them doing anything to help me with hopefully graduating. I honestly do not get along with my guidance counselor and school psychiatrist, and was wondering what I could do to gain leverage over this situation so that I may graduate! And if it was possible to not allow the school psychiatrist to talk to me, as he has only made the situation worse, often being very harsh and rude, not actually benefiting me in any form, but rather going out of his way to put me down. I really hope someone can help, because this really could be the end of my educational pursuits if I let them have complete control and ultimately work against my graduation. 

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Hard to tell what kind of help you're looking for, because the issues you discuss are academic rather than legal in nature.  As near as I can make out, you want to graduate with your class but cannot because you are a half-credit short of the requirement for graduation.  Your options appear to be either to make up the half-credit, which would be a matter to settle between you and your teacher, or to have the requirement waived, which you'd have to take up with the school administration.  Neither course appears to be amenable to legal action.  Even if you hold that the school has been incompetent and/or negligent in providing for the special needs specified in your program resulting in the credit loss, I'm pretty sure you or your parents would have to go through a lengthy arbitration process with the school district before the law could be invoked, by which time graduation would be over anyway.  There is another regular participant in this forum who has a background in education matters, and hopefully he or she can give you more or better information.

 

A third option is of course to stay in school another semester to make up the credit shortfall, then graduate at the end of this summer or fall.  I know that's not what you want but you'd not be the first or the last student to have to do it.  It's unfortunate but there it is.  I'm sorry.

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I am probably that poster. Neither an IEP nor 504 plan can get you out of a credit in order to graduate. Neither an exempt you from attendance requirements or homework, though modifications to the homework assignments *may* be part of the IEP, or accommodations may be provided to allow you to complete the work. It isn't clear why you have either plan and if they are still in place. If you truly aren't receiving services and still averaging between a 3.5 and 4.0 I am confused as to why you still need a plan and if in fact, one is really still in effect for you. An IEP would need to be updated at least yearly (frequently is much more common) and has specific goals attached. Your parents would participate in this process. 504 plans need not be in writing, but frequently are. When there is an IEP, while still covered under 504, there wouldn't be a 504 plan. In those cases, 504 becomes far less relevant as they are not as specific.

 

You use the pronoun "they" a lot and I have no idea who you are referring to. They have shown little help to me, in fact over the course of the several years, Ive had a hard time just getting information about my progress and what they could do to help me, getting answers like "I dont know" and "maybe you should ask the teacher yourself" because, they did not follow through on their duties to check in with teachers.

I can't tell who you are speaking about here but the ones you would approach for feedback on your academic progress are your teachers. "They" aren't going to go to your teachers for you and seek out feedback, then report back to you. In this day and age of electronic grade reporting, it is even less believable that you have no idea what your grades are in a particular class. Your parents would get updates on your progress as far as the IEP goals at the meetings, but that goes beyond just the letter grade for each course.

 

If you aren't sure what you need to do to graduate, you need to schedule an appointment with your GC and find out. If it is only half a credit, perhaps you can go to summer school and still be able to start college in the fall.

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