IEP Meeting: IS IT OK TO END AN IEP MEETING DUE TO PARENTAL DISRESPECT OF STAFF ?

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Katie:  I am an early childhood special education teacher and executive board member of my education association. A member (general education high school teacher) brought a concern to the board after being in a meeting where a parent yelled at her multiple times and was extremely disrespectful toward her during the IEP meeting. She was very upset that the special education teacher / case manager did not address the behavior and end the meeting to be rescheduled at a time that the parent wasn’t so upset. She wanted to excuse herself from the meeting but didn’t want to be seen as insubordinate or unprofessional. I am wondering where the law is on this?

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KnowYourRole

The teacher needs to put her big girl or boy pants on.

Christine

I sympathize with the teacher, because I know how it feels, but it’s part of her job. I was an EMT and Nurse. Patients and family in the midst of a crisis can say rude things. Put yourself in their shoes. Consider that the parent may have been provoked.