Into The Meeting Room
The meeting took place onJune 18, 1998, at the Daybreak School, which is a school used in the district specifically for special-education purposes (see Appendix G for a full transcript of this meeting). I reviewed the case report I wrote on Vicky's progress as a reader and writer over the time I worked with her and gave a copy of it to June. I planned on presenting this report at the CSE meeting. I gave the report to June a week earlier and went over Vicky's strengths and growth as a reader and writer. June told me she would share the report with Lester. I asked Lester what he thought of the report and he told me, "you doin' real good with her. She just need to concentrate and put her mind to it and stop tryin' to act so grown. When I tell her she can't go out after she school, she gotta do her homework, she gotta listen to me." Like June, Lester did not think Vicky should be placed in a special-education class.
The morning of the meeting I picked up June and Shauna at their apartment. In the car I handed June a list of the questions she and I had brainstormed, compiled, and gone over the last time she and I worked together. Unfamiliar with the programs and policies of the school district, this was an authentic list of questions for both June and me. She told me, "You can hang on to those" (fieldnotes, 6/18/98). When we got to the school there was a 10-minute wait before we were invited into the meeting room. During this time, Shauna played with the toys in a cardboard box that were tucked under a table and June picked up a few children's books and flipped through the pages, reading the words out loud.
When the chair of the committee called June into the meeting room, Shauna and I followed her lead. I had called to speak with the chair of the committee ahead of time to ask permission to record the CSE meeting as a part of my research. She told me she would discuss it with the committee and let me know prior to the meeting. Before we went into the room, the chair told me that everyone had agreed to the tape recording. I placed the tape recorder in the middle of the table and asked each member of the committee to sign a consent form before I left the building.
The meeting lasted approximately 50 minutes. The participants in the meeting included the psychologist (AB), the chair of the committee (DT),