Say it ain’t so…..

October 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm 20 comments


     I know, I know, been awhile.  It’s just been a     rollercoaster with the school year starting.  While this blog is only intended for laughter, I tried to keep our personal fight with our school district, well personal.  However, after long thought, I realized that THEY provide my best material for laughter.  Oh yes, I’ve had my nervous breakdowns, but through the power of prayer, I realized, “Sadie, turn it around, use them for your next blog!”  I’ve decided to scan just one page of Niko’s most recent evaluation through the school district.  For time constraints, my 18-year-old Lexie, who graduated from the school district last year, (and FYI, in 5th grade they thought she should have reading support) corrected the page for you, so your eyes can go to just the mistakes on page 3.  

Low and behold, if you know what school district we are in (HINT:  Mount Lebanon School District) you may know that our school district has announced that any child not scoring proficient or above on the PSSA’s will NOT receive a diploma.  Here’s to hoping who ever typed this legal document, did not attend MTLSD!  So all you folks out there who are not only dealing with autism but the paperwork, the IEP’s, the endless evaluations, (you know to make sure they still have autism and you’re not pulling one over on the system)  LAUGH!  LAUGH! LAUGH!  Because when our autistic children become adults, they won’t work for the schools!  They may be the ones programming the schools computers to make sure they have that apparently unknown key in Mt. Lebanon called spell check!  Funniest thing,  Keith and I have a modest 4 bedroom home, roughly 2008 square feet and to receive education from one of the nation’s top school districts, we only pay $5200 in taxes per year.  Maybe it’s not Niko who needs to be in Special Ed Classes.

I apologize for the clairity but wanted you to see the original legal document that will be used in Niko’s records, with Doctors, Psychologists, Lawyers, etc.  If you had trouble reading, I will summarize:  Just on page 4 (out of 17) alone the following errors were sighted:

Mts. (Mrs), medicatins (medications), weares (wears), beleive (believe), attetion (attention), strength’s (strengths), orientedrewards (oriented rewards), aptitude (apptitude),  activiites (activities), admisitered (administered), Niki (Niko), to does (does), He has demonstrates (He has demonstrated) and our favorite:\

In the writing section, with only 4 sentences, we found 3 errors!  promopts (prompts), vocabualry (vocabulary) and cenventions (UNSURE)!

Until next time,

A laugh is a smile that bursts!


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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Natalie  |  October 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    That is unbelievable!!!

  • 2. Matt  |  October 21, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    No onedear Niki haz angre tissues, I wood 2 if sum1 rote that bout me. Oh yes you will learn how to type correctly. At least they didn’t refer to him as Brick, now that would have been funny.

  • 3. Tom Moertel  |  October 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Sadie, I’m one of the editors over at Blog-Lebo, and I’d like to offer my help. The excerpt you posted from the re-evaluation report is troubling. It’s not just plagued with spelling errors; it’s indecipherable in places. How is a parent – how is anybody – supposed to make sense of it? Isn’t this report supposed to be important?

    I have a hard time bringing myself to believe that a spell-check is all this report needs. Even allowing for the craziness of modern schools, this report really does look like the product of neglect, something gone wrong in the system.

    In any case, if you’re open to sharing your story with a wider audience, please email me at and let me know. I’d be happy to give you an interview.


  • 4. amy  |  October 22, 2010 at 12:37 am

    I find this very alarming that these individuals are teaching our children, if people think this is just a special needs issue, think again. All our kids are at risk from teachers that are less than adequate and you can’t get rid of them!!! In any district in any community. This is not just one mom’s crusade it is for all of us to stand up and say it’s about educating not teaching to a test. And certainly not writing anyone off that you are not qualified to judge their capacity to learn….Some may be waiting for Superman, and I did have that once when mine were in 3rd grade but haven’t seen it lately.. Sooooo Mt Lebo dazzle me….you said you were the best..

  • 5. Denise  |  October 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I am shocked by this letter. As a teacher and the mother of a child with an IEP, I find this unreal. You need to take this letter to the school board and start making demands for your son. If they are still not giving him the help he is entitled to, go to the newspaper. Good luck and stay strong!!!

  • 6. Cindy  |  October 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    To anyone that knows this loving family, you must be as outraged as I. What has happened to this district? When did it become OK to treat children and families this way? I have watched this lovely young man sing, dance, and act in his own way with a smile on his face, not anger. I have seen him in a typical dance class keep up with other accepting students to the best of his ability,not anger. While I realize it is difficult to teach to every individual child, if teaching tactics aren’t working then try something else. Isn’t that the mission statement of the School District, the child? Thank you Sadie for speaking for those who can’t. So this might be the way Autism Speaks

  • 7. That's Church » Random n’at  |  October 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    […] A mother of an autistic child in the Mt. Lebanon School District has scanned in a page from her child’s recent evaluation by the sc… and let’s just say, some parts are impossible to make sense of, some parts have ludicrous […]

  • 8. Jenn K.  |  October 27, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Whoever wrote this needs their own IEP. This is a disgrace!

  • 9. Jules  |  October 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Did an LOLcat draft this?

  • 10. anon  |  October 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    just a thought: please consider redacting personal info. this is the internet, after all.

    otherwise-this is very troubling. i hope the school district is humiliated.

  • 11. jann  |  October 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I am a teacher in another state. I am saddened by this, as I know it happens elsewhere. I do hope you present this to your school’s principal and to your local school board. It is embarrassing to me when teachers are not held accountable.
    I do want you to know , however, that aptitude is not spelled with two p’s (an easy mistake – with the age of phone “apps”!)

    Best of luck to you and your family.

  • 12. Me  |  October 27, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Everything else is ridiculous .. but aptitude is spelled with only one p, not two. All the rest hurts my head though!

  • 13. Michelle Smiles  |  October 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Unacceptable doesn’t even begin to cover it.

  • 14. melanie  |  October 28, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I have a degree in Special Education and to see such a poorly written (that’s being nice) IEP is an outrage! It’s almost laughable!! I pray you get all of the help you need and deserve. You are an amazing mother & I’m proud to call you my friend!

  • 15. Liz  |  October 28, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Not to mention absent commas where needed. Grr, this is frustrating ( coming from a former TSS who worked with children with autism and behavior problems), considering how important these IEPs are for children who need them.

  • 16. anon  |  October 28, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Bureau of Special Education
    Pennsylvania Department of Education
    333 Market Street, 7th Floor
    Harrisburg, PA 17126


  • 17. Lisa  |  October 31, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Absolutely appalling! I agree with anon (11:51 am) — send it to the Dept of Education AND to your newspapers.

  • 18. MGZ  |  November 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I am so happy I found your blog. I have an evaluation on my daughter from the same district with the same type of errors. That was in 4th grade, I should have known that was just a glimpse into the horror of what was to come.

  • 19. Lexy  |  March 21, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Wait.. reading support?! You never told me!

    I just reread this because I needed a good laugh. And it worked.

  • 20. Greg  |  June 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Looking for an ABA program in mt lebo/pittsburgh area for my 11 year old with autism (moderate, non-verbal) HELP!


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