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Christine: How do I write a letter to voice my concerns about my child’s IEP? It appears that all information concerning reading and language have been removed from the IEP. How do I let the school know that I am not satisfied with their findings. Desperate. This letter is about a friend’s child and we are trying to rectify this mess. I have her permission to contact you. We are gathering information to help our case from different specialty doctors.

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Sharon L.
01/19/2018 5:50 pm

Nothing can be removed from an IEP without everyone on the team’s involvement. Did you sign an IEP that allowed the school to remove any items? If not they are already out of compliance. You can set up an IEP meeting right away & bring your speciality doctors or have them call in on your IPhone speaker or school speaker phone. You must be willing to pay them for their time. The letter should request an IEP meeting to the special ed director or principal & request a response within 5 business days. I send all my letter certified mail so that I am sure it gets to the appropriate people & create a paper trail. If the school refuses anything they must provide you with a document called ” prior written notice”. If I ask for one of these I usually get more cooperation.

01/10/2018 11:23 pm

Since you and your friend think the IEP is incomplete and does not adequately address the child’s needs, you need to include information about the child’s present levels of academic achievement and functional performance.
Recommend you read “Present Levels: Foundation of the IEP” by Indiana advocate Pat Howey. Link here: https://www.wrightslaw.com/howey/iep.present.levels.htm

There is an art to writing letters that make your point without alienating your readers. We discuss this issue in more depth in our book, “From Emotions to Advocacy.” If you don’t have a copy, I recommend that you pool your pennies and order a copy. It will help you avoid making costly mistakes. Please keep us posted.

Good luck,
Pam Wright

Jill G
02/23/2016 8:24 am

Christine –

If you’re looking for support with the text of the letter, From Emotions to Advocacy is a great resource (https://www.wrightslaw.com/store/feta2.sm.store.html). It has sample letters, plus a game plan for advocacy.

This article also has some good sample letters: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/letterwriting/.

For help understanding the potential impact of the letter and what steps your friend can take to improve the IEP, I encourage you to contact your local parent center (http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/). They can help you understand the special education process in your state, parents right to disagree, and your dispute resolution options.