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Resolving Parent-School Disputes

Question 10.

Can parents demand a member of the IEP team be excluded?

Answer

No. A parent does not have a right to exclude a team member from an IEP meetings.

You should not make demands. If you make demands, you set the stage for a battle you cannot win. Other members of the team will have less respect for you and your concerns.

When you request services for your child, you need to keep relations businesslike and unemotional. This may require a large helping of self-discipline.

One of your goals is to share your concerns and persuade the team to act on these concerns. If you demand, you will not accomplish this goal.

IEP team members tend to play different roles - the pitbull and bully, the know it all, the conflict-avoider, wet blankets, snipers, etc. We discuss “dealing with difficult people” in our book Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy. These dynamics play out in most organizations.

If you have trouble controlling your emotions, consider getting help from an educational advocate or advice from an attorney who specializes in this area of law.

Legal Resource

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs Chapter 14

IDEA

20 U.S.C.§ 1414(d)(1)(B)

IDEA Regulations

34 C.F.R. §300.321

Commentary in 71 FR at 46673

Additional Resources

Inclusion, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Mainstreaming

IEP Team Members and Team Attendance

Parents are NOT Members of the IEP Team! Say What??

How Can the IEP Team Work Together if the Key Players Won't "Play"?

State Special Education Regulations and Guidelines. You will find your specific state regulations at your State Department of Education website. Use the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities to locate your state site.

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