Can the IEP Team Prepare a Draft IEP?

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ISSN: 1538-320
November 17, 2015

Sharing information leads to healthier working relationships between parents and school personnel - and better IEPs for children. Shared information may include draft IEPs, evaluations, written reports, and parent agendas prepared by the parents.

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"It is not permissible for an agency to have the final IEP completed before an IEP Team meeting begins." (Commentary, FR 46678)

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll learn that draft IEPs are not set in stone. Find out why IEP Teams should only use drafts -with caution!

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