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Kathy: Can I ask for a specific classroom teacher be included in my son’s IEP? He is in an inclusion class for Science and I feel she just doesn’t have a grasp of my son’s special needs.

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Jill G
12/30/2015 5:38 pm

Kathy –

Generally not. If there was a question regarding a teacher’s qualifications, the IEP could certainly include a description of the qualities and qualifications that the teacher should have. But the name of a teacher or service provider should not be included.

You could still simply ask for your child to have another teacher. Better yet, you could try to educate this teacher on your child’s needs.

My son has had a few teachers over time that didn’t seem to “get” him at first, who later (with a lot of patience and hard work on my behalf) became his biggest allies.