Susan Brantley, a licensed school social worker with the James County School System (JCSS), thought an upcoming Individual Educational Plan (IEP) meeting would be routine. The appropriate placement for student Robby Pearson seemed obvious to her. She had been so pleased with his recent school performance and was optimistic as he began high school. When her supervisor called Robby’s school with an urgent request to talk to her before the meeting, however, Susan discovered that what seemed obvious to her did not correspond with what others wanted for Robby. She did not have much time to decide what to do because everyone was already gathering and the meeting was about to start. Susan knew that what she decided at this moment had huge implications for Robby, but it might also cost her the job she loved, and possibly the job of her supervisor and friend, as well.
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