Dear Comrades (And I do not use that word lightly. It is a war we fight everyday for our children), I have a dilemma that I am struggling with and really need other parents thoughts who go through the same worries that I feel everyday. Berkley (my angel) has been blind since birth. She has some thyroid problems, however other than that she is "normal"! What a term..."normal". My husband and I don't even see Berkley as disabled until we face issues as the one we now face. She is four years old now and just finishing her first year of Pre-K in public school. We have just had a meeting with her IEP team who tell us that she needs to repeat Pre-K and not go on to Kindergarten. This was a shock to us! When we looked at the goals that they said she did not master, we know that she has completed each and every one of them at home. To this they say, there is no "crossover and consistency" of behavior at school. They have determined that Kindergarten will be too fast-paced for her and will stress her out to the point of making her dislike attending. She enjoys school now. They state we will be setting her up for failure if we "push" her to Kindergarten. I do not want anything but success for her, however I do not want her to be in a babysitting situation for another year either. Do you or anyone you may know have some knowledge of this type of situation. A lot of the research deals with babies and toddlers and them jumps to the 3rd and 4th grade years in school. I cannot find anything about this age for education. I am just looking for any knowledge of someone who may have been through this. Thanks for listening. Cheryl Parsons.
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