I had a student in my class last year who had some serious problems. The student was very defiant and would tell me "No" when asked to do things. THe student would ask to use the restroom 5 times in an hour. When told no the student would ask continuously. The student had some clear learning problems. Chunking and using all the strategies in the world were not enough to help this child. I did every thing I could think of. Every strategy in the book I tried with this kid until another teacher offered to try to work with the child. That child went to thier class and stayed the last half of the school year. This teacher also tried everything. We documented, documented, and documented. That teacher left at the end of the year and took all the documentation. Just before the other teacher left we had an SST meeting and recomended the child be tested for special education services. The mother refused, claiming she had never heard such a thing that there was a problem. We do not have a special education support staff in our small charter school. We had to call and beg someone from the county to come for that meeting. Now the paperwork is gone. The student needs to be retained in third grade because of failing CRCT scores. We have a meeting with the mom on Monday to tell her that we are going to retain her child. The point is, we do not have the staff to accomadate this child. Getting someone to come for an SST meeting was a nightmare and will be yet again. Even if we get her tested and an IEP, we don't have the staff to provide her the help she needs. This child needs serious one on one help. I am not diagnosing her but I believe she has some kind serious learning disability. In the meeting tommorow, is it legal to explain to the mom that our school does not have the resources to help this child? I don't want this child to suffer. In looking at her records mom has taken her from one school to the next just trying to hide her problems. I want to help her, but with lack of special education support its impossible.