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Welcome To  Hudson's Special Education  Parent  Advisory  Council

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Are you kidding me?

The district to SAVE 9,000 dollars is making kids walk from Quinn to the Girls and Boys Club and from the High School to the Library and their keyword as to why COULD WEATHER. 

FROM THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

The District considered the idea of adding a third late bus to Quinn, however, that would result in approximately a $9,000 increase to the District budget which is already stretched. So let's FREEZE  the children and SAVE. NICE way of working with the community.  

IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY and how much they can save to HIRE friends and to spend 14,932 on Walker Partnerships for District Wide Special Education Program Evaluation. 

REALLY Folks? 

NO one can see the lack of leadership as the cause for all of the problems. Let's reward them nicely just like we did to Dr. Lyons who placed the FARLEY SCHOOL at LEVEL 3 a TRUE Under performing school.

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School committee meeting. Are Hudson Schools about Educating? Do they stand by their words? Their own words below clearly do not fit all. 

The Hudson Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, limited English proficiency, sexual orientation, disability or housing status. REALLY? 5/23/2017

IEP meetings are taking place. Do not TRUST Hudson Public Schools word on anything unless it is clearly in writing and make sure you keep a copy for yourself 

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10/29/2015  Hudosn Public Schools are so busy trying  to look good by re branding rather then EDUCATING the children and working with parents versus dealing with parents and legal. Clearly explains why our schools are at LEVEL 2 and 3. FOLKS really?  Working with PEOPLE is the best re-branding you can do; make a difference and of course try not to be RUDE in front of people. That will go a long way.

Former PAC responds to letter's sent to parent's and to the DESE from Hudson's Special Education Director.

10/28/2015 

Hi everyone – this is IEP season and we have already heard so many complaints so we want to let you know of some basics that you will need for your IEP meetings.

34 CFR 300.321 (a)(1)

(a) General. The public agency must ensure that the IEP Team for each child with a disability includes--

(1) The parents of the child;

(2) Not less than one regular education teacher of the child (if the child is, or may be, participating in the regular education environment);

(3) Not less than one special education teacher of the child, or where appropriate, not less then one special education provider of the child;

(4) A representative of the public agency who--

(i) Is qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of children with disabilities;

(ii) Is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum; and

(iii) Is knowledgeable about the availability of resources of the public agency.

(5) An individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results, who may be a member of the team described in paragraphs (a)(2) through (a)(6) of this section.


Important to know that some evaluations will require the specific person to attend the meeting and talk about their evaluation.

You should always request the interpreter’s credentials to ensure that they are qualified to interpret someone else’s evaluations. If you need help do not hesitate to reach out and we will assist you.

http://www.hudsonsepac.com/issues 

Today 1/22/2015 I got a phone call from a parent complaining due to the fact that the PAC joinedhttps://www.facebook.com/HudsonMass who lists lots of things that go on in town. 
Things that are never ever in the paper. Although I understand and respect their decision not to like the site that does not give them or anyone the right to call anyone or SLANDER anyone on Facebook due to their experiences or dislikes. If someone does not like something that they see or hear they do not have to deal with it. We all have lots of things we do not agree with and I do not agree with everything I read but that does not mean that I will be attaching the writers or persons as it is my choice to read or not to read. Their opinions does not change or force me to do any different and I certainly will not be coerced into disliking a page or pages just because someone does not like it. 
With that being said the PAC is still here to help anyone and everyone and for more information visit our website at www.hudsonsepac.com. 

We may not like other people’s likes or dislikes but let's respect them and keep them to ourselves. 

PHYSICAL RESTRAINTS 

See number 54 on attachment 1 for Hudson Public Schools; Superintendent and Pupil Services Director

Supports
“last resort” use of physical restraint and increased data collection and some review. Opposes removal of restraint from IEPs, new definitions of time-out and er seclusion and the 30 minute limit on time-out. Proposes retention of current definitions or change to Civil Rights Data Center (CRDC) definition with a requirement to collect time-out data exceeding 30 minutes. Also likes CRDC’s definition of Mechanical Restraint. (see detail) Believes there should be carve out for “repetitive assault” as well as the currently proposed “self injury” and asks for define of “repetititive” with respect to plans addressing such behaviors. Recommends additional language on “role of student family and staff in prevention…,” questions 8 hour
refresher training, and, for notice to parents of restraints, recommends language similar to that required for disciplinary actions under state discipline law and regulations (allowing email). Thinks review requirements may need work.



Click below to access the attachments

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Final Regulations on Physical Restraint, 603 CMR 46.00 and 603 CMR 18.00 

Latest Headlines from DisabilityScoop.com

 

Feds Warn Schools On Bullying Of Kids With Disabilities
In response to an increasing number of complaints, federal officials are reminding schools of their responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities are not subjected to bullying

Ten Common Mistakes Parents Make During the IEP Meeting

http://tsbvi.edu/seehear/winter01/mistakes.htm

 

Parent begs for HELP  at school committee meeting due to her daughter being bullied and gets no help from the principal, superintendent and school committee. These are the type of issues that some parents are  dealing with. Remember that the PAC is here to HELP you!

The Office of Civil Rights Data is very useful when it is reported.

FYI here's a link to the Hudson data: http://ocrdata.ed.gov/Page?t=d&eid=30951&syk=6&pid=736

Looks like they didn't report Restraint data but they do show 6 referrals to law enforcement and a number of out of school suspensions, half of which were African American students. Only 1.1% of all students are black. Dig around on the site and you'll find some good info which should definitely be shared.

On restraints, there's a bill in congress, The Keeping All Students Safe Act. Please ask people to contact their house members and senators to support it. See: http://keepstudentssafe.com/

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Mayerson & Associates filed a $500,000,000 federal class action against the New York City Department of Education and the State Education Department for systemically failing to provide tens of thousands of current and former students with disabilities appropriate vocational assessments and transition planning and training.  See NBC Video Below

For more information: http://mayerslaw.com/nyc-class-action-lawsuit/

Kids Tell All: My Special Needs Don’t Define Who I Am (VIDEO)