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Resolving Parent-School Disputes

Parents want the "best" education for their children. Schools are only required to provide "appropriate" services for children with disabilities. Conflict between parents and schools is normal and inevitable. Learn:

  • Strategies to resolve disagreements
  • Steps to take if you disagree with the school
  • Options you have if unable to resolve disputes 
        
Click on the box to see answers to the questions, federal law or regulations that support these answers, and additional resources.
1. I don't agree with the school's proposed IEP. What should I do? 2. My child's IEP isn't working. How can I get the school to create an IEP with measurable goals? 3. We had a comprehensive evaluation from a private expert. How can I get the school to use the recommendations from the evaluator? 4. The IEP team says they only include academic skills in a transition plan. Should the team include more in the plan?
5. What is mediation? How does it work? 6. How does a due process hearing work? 7. What is prior written notice (PWN)? 8. The team wants my child in general education with accommodations. She is failing. How can I get her placement changed back into special ed?
9. Can the IEP team "vote" for a child's placement, if her parents object? 10. Can parents demand a member of the IEP team be excluded? 11. The teacher and special ed supervisor are angry with my child's aide for talking about missed therapy services. They told her that she cannot tell us anything that goes on at school. Doesn't the aide have a right to communicate with us? 12. Is an effective IEP team a reality or impossible dream?

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