Your child’s regular teacher tells you to get an advocate, or tells you that their hands are tied because the special education team is making the decisions.
The school tells you that you must medicate your child.
The school ignores, delays, or refuses your requests.
The school tells you that they are not going to assess your child because they know that he is not going to qualify.
The school tells you that they cannot assess your child until later in the school year.
The school tells you that they cannot assess until they try all their regular interventions.
The school tells you that they will "screen" your child or consult with a team member when you ask for an evaluation.
The school tells you that you should get a private evaluation.
The school holds a meeting to address your child's academic problems, but the ultimate responsibility is put on you; for example, spend more time doing homework, put them in a homework club, give rewards, take your child to the doctor, get a tutor, get counseling, etc.
The school holds a meeting to address your child's academic problems, and then nothing ever changes, and you never meet again.
The school assesses your child, but says your child does not qualify, so nothing changes.
Your child has not made adequate progress, and is failing, even though your child is smart.
Your child has an IEP or a Section 504 Plan, but it is clearly lacking and insufficient. Or it is not being implemented because they are short staffed.
The school tells you that your child is making great progress when there is no evidence to support that contention, and you see little progress.
Your child has a specific learning disability, but it is not systematically addressed though scientifically evidenced remediation; instead, the school simply uses their own methods, waters down their curriculum, or requires less from your child.
Your child has not been receiving the services or supports called for in the IEP or Section 504 Plan. (For example, Speech, OT, Adaptive PE, modified homework/school work, is in IEP, but is not received.)
The school informs you that unless you sign consent to the entire IEP, they will not implement the IEP.
Your child has an IEP, but the school is telling you that your child no longer qualifies.
The school doesn't give your child what is appropriate by telling you that it is their obligation by law to keep your child in the "least restrictive environment."
The school tells you that your child must move to a special classroom or another placement that you believe is inappropriate.
The school continually suspends your child, or frequently phones you to pick up your child from school.
Your child is demonstrating behaviors that are concerning, and the school scolds, takes away recess or otherwise punishes, and puts the responsibility on you to fix it.
Your child is facing an expulsion proceeding, or has already been suspended or expelled from school.
Your child is being physically restrained, or secluded from his class in another room or the office.
The school sends home a finished IEP document for you to sign instead of holding a meeting.