Pro Publica investigative journalist T. Christan Miller recently wrote about the topic in his column The Dig, at the bequest of a mom with a child with special needs.

He turned to Pro Publica’s education reporter, Heather Vogell, who shared advice for parents including: forging close relationships with classroom teachers and aides, keeping open lines of communication with others who may be in contact with your child (other teachers, other parents), and asking a lot specific questions – which are more likely to generate honest answers about how your child is doing day-to-day.

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