Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Attn: Parents of Horizon Charter School Special Needs Students

Horizon Charter School has been firing their certified Speech and Language Pathologists and replacing them with aides. Horizon Charter School has been hiding this from parents. Horizon has been telling parents that their children have a new "provider" without telling parents that the new "provider" is actually not a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) who have master's degrees. The new aides are being called SLP-A and only have AA degrees. Most parents are completely unaware because they have no idea that they should be asking for credentials.

Horizon is also cutting services for occupational therapy. A new member of the Horizon Charter school (I won't list her name but is rhymes with Yatzee) is now contacting their therapists before IEP's (Individualized Education Plans) and telling them to only offer the minimum amount of services to the child, which is completely illegal. They have even gone so far to ask their Speech Therapists and Occupation Therapists to contact the parents of special needs children to tell them that their services will be cut. Most parents of special needs children know that the law states that the children receive what they need, not what the school wants to provide.

Apparently Horizon hired Yatzee (not her real name, but it rhymes with it) at the beginning of the 2009 school year so that she could slash and burn as many costs as possible. She has been doing her job by firing reputable Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) with master's degrees and replacing them with cheap, Speech and Language Pathologist Aides (SLP-A).

Yatzee is new to the homeschooling world and apparently she is not a good fit. She came from the decrepid Eureka Union School District and has done nothing but wreck havoc on the unsuspecting folks at Horizon Charter School.

All parents of special need children who receive services through Horizon Charter School in Lincoln, CA need to ban together to fight this illegal and immoral behavior. Please email me at battleshipcombat@gmail.com if you would like to know more or if you would like to help disabled or special needs kids get their services back.

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