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how do i convince the school board committee that my son isnt ready for first grade??

myself, my husband, and my sons kindergarden teacher feel as if my son isnt ready for 1st grade. hes far behind others in his class and his teachers even work with him one on one everyday.  he is struggling really bad and is now beginning to be completely lost in school now days.  his teacher talked to the school board committee and they still want him to continue into 1st grade.  we know that hes really no where near being ready for it and i need some advice on what to do or say to try to convince the school board committee that he really not ready for 1st grade and that it would be best for him to repeat kindergarden.
In Topics: School and Academics, Learning issues and special needs
> 60 days ago

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Louiseasl
May 17, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk.

Please note that we are not able to give information that is legal.  However, the school board may wish to decline retention due to recent studies which show that keeping a child back in a grade is not always the best course of action.  

There is much research on this topic available via internet. Here are two articles I selected.  Perhaps they will be food for thought and helpful for your situation-

 http://www.education.com/reference/article/grade-retention/: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/principals/Retention%20WEB.pdf

Good luck!


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