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Posted Jan 15, 2015
Ideally, parents and schools work together collaboratively to reach an agreement on an education plan (IEP) that is in the best interest of the child. Sometimes, there are disagreements about what the child's educational needs are.
Disputes in special education are best resolved at the earliest stages by the members of the child's IEP team, which can include the school's Principal and/or the District Special Education Director.
As equal members of the IEP team, parents can request an IEP team meeting at any time to discuss questions or concerns.
The preferred approach at Raising Special Kids is to help parents become effective self-advocates by providing high quality training and consultation. Under special circumstances, an IEP Partner can provide direct support and participation in the IEP meeting.
- The purpose of the IEP Partner is to increase parent knowledge and skills in self-advocacy and to offer support for resolving problems and reaching solutions.
- Problem-solving support to facilitate the success of IEP teams as they work to identify needed services and support for the student.
- IEP Partners are not attorneys, and do not provide legal advice.
For more information or assistance, please contact us.
Additional Options for Dispute Resolution:
Parents of children in Special Education have procedural safeguards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Traveling the Special Education Highway: A Parent’s Guide to a Successful Journey is a document that can help you understand your rights under the law.
Formal Dispute Resolution Options
- Written State Complaint
- Due Process