Columbia parents push to record special education meetings with teachers

2 months 4 weeks 2 days ago Monday, May 20 2019 May 20, 2019 Monday, May 20, 2019 10:03:00 AM CDT May 20, 2019 in News
By: Diana Fidarova, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The CPS policy committee decided Monday to review its policy regarding the recording of meetings where special education plans for children are discussed.

The decision came after the committee heard parent complaints. Current policy prohibits video and audio recording at the meetings. The Columbia Special Education Parent-Teacher Association is asking the school district to allow parents to record them.

“I had a situation at a meeting that I would like to have recorded,” SEPTA President Michelle Ribaudo said. “There can be miscommunication, and, in this case, you would call the other meeting. It would not be even necessary to do this if you would have a recording.”

Amy Salladay, a SEPTA member and attorney, said these special education meetings are often overwhelming and intimidating, and having a recording will provide an accurate record of discussion and agreements.

“We asked the district to consider a blanket recording of all special education meetings, in part because a recording is provided in 39 other states,” she said.

Helen Wade, Columbia Board of Education President and the chairwoman of the board’s policy committee, said the policy in place is a model policy of the Missouri School Boards Association. The policy states exceptions to this prohibition are possible only following the Board of Education policy and law.

“Requests for such exceptions must be made within a reasonable period of time prior to the scheduled meetings,” according to the policy.

Ribaudo said special education meetings are children’s meetings in the first place.

“If there is a push back from the district of not recording a meeting, I think, our children’s rights should be above that,” she said.

The board’s policy committee discussion included the terms and potential problems that may arise, such as video and audio issues, necessary equipment and deadlines for recording notification.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The first of two trials involving a Columbia man begins with jury selection on Monday. Mehrdad Fotoohighiam,... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, August 19 2019 Aug 19, 2019 Monday, August 19, 2019 10:10:17 AM CDT August 19, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police are investigating two separate and unrelated incidents involving gunfire from Sunday night and early Monday. ... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, August 19 2019 Aug 19, 2019 Monday, August 19, 2019 10:00:25 AM CDT August 19, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a 16-year-old aspiring football player has been killed and an 18-year-old wounded in a... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, August 19 2019 Aug 19, 2019 Monday, August 19, 2019 7:40:00 AM CDT August 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — One man was transported to University Hospital after a boating accident Saturday night. Cody Vaughn, 22, was... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, August 18 2019 Aug 18, 2019 Sunday, August 18, 2019 6:49:00 PM CDT August 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — One dog got a helping hand from Jefferson City firefighters after it found itself in a sticky situation... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, August 18 2019 Aug 18, 2019 Sunday, August 18, 2019 6:28:00 PM CDT August 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - As the second year of its three-year action plan wraps up, Columbia's Vision Zero team will present its... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, August 18 2019 Aug 18, 2019 Sunday, August 18, 2019 5:53:00 PM CDT August 18, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two men with handguns in their waistbands alarmed shoppers when they entered a Kansas City-area... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, August 18 2019 Aug 18, 2019 Sunday, August 18, 2019 5:51:00 PM CDT August 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Band of Brothers biker group held a fundraiser for the "Mammogram Van" Sunday. The event was... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, August 18 2019 Aug 18, 2019 Sunday, August 18, 2019 2:02:00 PM CDT August 18, 2019 in News
COOPER COUNTY – The Missouri Department of Transportation will have crews working on Westbound Interstate 70 to replace concrete beginning... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 18 2019 Aug 18, 2019 Sunday, August 18, 2019 5:45:00 AM CDT August 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Neighbors were awakened by police chasing a vehicle through a west Columbia neighborhood early Sunday morning. KOMU... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, August 18 2019 Aug 18, 2019 Sunday, August 18, 2019 3:23:00 AM CDT August 18, 2019 in News
PITTSBURGH - The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-7 in the second game of the preseason Saturday... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 17 2019 Aug 17, 2019 Saturday, August 17, 2019 11:04:59 PM CDT August 17, 2019 in Sports
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Mall will become home to a second Dillard’s and to a hotel, pending approval by... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 17 2019 Aug 17, 2019 Saturday, August 17, 2019 8:38:00 PM CDT August 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Vendors and shoppers met Saturday Aug. 17 to exchange items at Columbia Flea Swap. The flea market... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 17 2019 Aug 17, 2019 Saturday, August 17, 2019 3:51:00 PM CDT August 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - No one was hurt when house caught fire Saturday morning. Firefighters responded to a home at the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 17 2019 Aug 17, 2019 Saturday, August 17, 2019 3:17:00 PM CDT August 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Maries County deputies asked the public for help identifying two people who broke into a church and stole... More >>
2 days ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 9:45:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Cars 4 Kids event scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to rain in the forecast. Organizers... More >>
2 days ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 6:04:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 50 cats and dogs will be available for adoption at the Central Missouri Humane Society for a... More >>
2 days ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 5:47:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - One Columbia mother said a school bus driver let her son get off the bus more than a... More >>
2 days ago Friday, August 16 2019 Aug 16, 2019 Friday, August 16, 2019 4:41:00 PM CDT August 16, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 87°
12pm 86°
1pm 88°
2pm 90°
3pm 91°