IEPs: SCHOOL SAYS THEY ARE PROHIBITED FROM LISTING DETAILS ABOUT SPECIAL SERVICES PROVIDED

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Noko:  My school SpecEd Dept refuses to detail the nature of Special Services being provided to help my child reach goals, saying they are prohibited from doing so — for example, describing a service only as “study skills consult”, when in reality, it is a 10 minute end-of-day meeting to teach homework planning, use of assignment calendar, and assure all assignments are correctly detailed, etc… I am concerned that if the Service here is not detailed, a new teacher, substitute, new SpecEd case-manager, etc… would have no idea what is to be performed… Is there any legal authority I can show them? Their position seems illogical, and would make it virtually impossible for the parents to enforce the non-provision of this service, as their description is so vague… Thanks!

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Admin
01/16/2017 7:54 pm

Noko, Do you have a copy of your child’s IEP? If you don’t, write a note to the Special Ed dept and request a copy NOW. Or go to the school and request a copy.

As a parent, YOU need to know what the law requires in your child’s IEP. If you know what the law requires or where to find this info, you will be in a better position to advocate for your child.

The special education law includes a list of the specific information that must be in your child’s IEP. If you have a copy of our Special Education Law book, the law about these requirements is on pages 99-101. The regulations are on pages 245-246. The law and regs are also on the Wrightslaw site. https://www.wrightslaw.com/idea/index.htm

You also need to contact your state Parent Training Information center for help. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

To be your child’s advocate, you need to spend some time learning this stuff. Please don’t let this go.

Chuck
01/13/2017 4:03 pm

Parents are to be informed members of the IEP team. This appears to not be happening. If the special ed director does not respond to a written notice of your concerns, you can use the state dispute resolution process. Your state parent training & information center can assist you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center