Is your school district or the IEP team quoting policy or regulation that you’ve never heard of before or don’t understand? Actually, here are several that I’d like to see myself.
1. I just came from an IEP meeting for my nephew who is also dyslexic. To my great surprise I was just informed that they are prohibited from putting Orton Gillingham on the IEP. My nephew currently is receiving Orton Gillingham one on one for decoding and it is not written on his IEP. When I questioned why they were not writing it down as a service for him for next year that is the response I received.
They said not to worry that he will get the service for now but they are not allowed to write it down on his IEP.
Did you ever hear of such a thing and is this a law? When did this come into effect and again how as parents are we not informed that changes as such are being made? I can imagine on how this would effect a parents right to sue the district if the service is not allowed on an IEP then it doesn’t exist as far as the law goes when you go to fight the district in question.
A law? Illegal to put into the IEP?
I doubt it.
Ask for a copy of the statute or regulation or other written document / authority that prohibits putting it into the IEP.
2. I am a professional in special education. My school district tells me that there is some kind of rule/law/regulation that 90% of each school’s students in special education must be in regular education classes 80% of the time. Is this accurate?
Nope. If you want to pursue it, you might want to ask to see a copy of that rule/law/policy.
I bet you will never see it. If you do, please email it. I’d like to see it myself.
IDEA 2004 and the federal implementing regulations are the authority for what the school is required to do for IEPs.
You will want to have a copy of your own, learn the requirements, then ask the school to show you where they found the authority in IDEA.
Legal Requirements for IEPs
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition,
20 U.S.C. Section 1414(d), page 99.