Options for exiting special education students from ENL classes

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  1. sjanew15

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    I have heard that there are new ENL laws that allow for special education students to be exited from ENL programs after various committee meetings, principal and superintendent approval, and parent involvement. My colleague says that you have sixty days after a child's registration as a student in the district to start the process and exit them from the program. I have two children who meet the criteria to be exited. One has various language delays, speech problems, and documented evidence of such from a young age. She speaks no second language and mainly presents with difficulties interacting in social skills situations. All the problems that my ENL students have in developing language, learning vocabulary, and other issues she does not have.

    My second kid presents with difficulty understanding the format of assignments. Her teacher and I think we should recommend her for special education services evaluation and that she should not be in ENL. She does not have any of the problems any of my ENL students have, and on a recent exam, got all the problems that my ENL students struggled with correct. My colleague has seen both kids and readily agrees with my assessment. These kids' classroom teachers, specials teachers, and everyone involved in taking care of them readily agrees. Special education has no idea why one of these kids is even in ENL classes to begin with because they think it is mostly a special education issue.

    Both of these students have parents who are very hard to get in touch with. I have tried every avenue available to contact their parents. Sixty days has definitely passed since these kids registered as students in the district. Does that mean my colleague and I cannot exit them from the program and they will continue to receive ENL services?
     
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    I'm not sure where you are located or what your state's laws are, but I just exited a handful of students who have been in the ELL program for years. After they had reached a level of proficient in the areas of speaking and listening it was agree that the reading and/or writing were holding them back due to sped issues. I'd be calling the head of the district ELL department or the state's education department to get confirmation on the process.
     
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    I teach in New York State. I talked to my department head already when special education brought up a concern about putting one of these two kids in the program, and my director told me that specific kid should be in ENL. I am trying to figure this out myself because I have already spoken to my department head and there is not much we can do so close to the end of the school year or currently anyways. If that window can come up again (considering this kid has been in the district since November 2015, and was absent for a month or so after registration, I doubt it, but, one can still hope), I want to get the ball rolling. I just need to know this: if sixty days has already passed since a kid registered as a student in the district, can we try the following year, within sixty days of the start of a new school year, to get this kid out of the ENL program? I have another kid who tested proficient in speaking and listening who has sped issues that are affecting her reading and writing who I would also like to get out under this clause.
     

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