Who Makes Placement Decisions?

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Circulation: 81,508
ISSN: 1538-320

October 12, 2010

Do you know who is responsible for making decisions about special educational placements? Do you know what factors they must consider?

It is not unusual for parents and schools to disagree about appropriate placement. Some school districts develop "one-size-fits-all" programs that are not appropriate for children with disabilities.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn about how placement decisions are made, LRE requirements for children with disabilities, and the need for individualized placement that meets a child's unique needs.

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New! 10 Tips About Placement

Many parents make the mistake of putting the cart (the placement) before the horse (the IEP). Decisions about placement are to be made after the child’s IEP is developed.

"In what setting (placement) can we appropriately put this IEP into action?" If the school does not have an appropriate placement, it must create one.

Read Advocate Pat Howey's new article, 10 Tips About Placement.


Parent Involvement in Placement Decisions

Courts have held that schools may not predetermine placement. The placement decision must be made by the team.

Parents are members of any team that develops the IEP and decides on placement.

Learn what IDEA says about Parent Involvement in Placement Decisions


Appropriate Placement is NOT...

“What we have available” usually refers to one-size-fits-all programs that are not individualized to meet a child’s unique needs. What happens to the “I” in IEP?

When school personnel view special education as a “place,” they often fail to evaluate the child’s unique needs and how the school can meet these needs.

Special Education: NOT the Resource Room, the Classroom in the Trailer, or the Special School Across Town.

What Does Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Mean?

Under what circumstances can school districts place children with disabilities in separate special education programs where they are segregated from children who are not disabled?

Learn about two fundamental IDEA requirements: that your child receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) & FAPE by Pete Wright and Pam Wright

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This conference at the University of Mary Washington is sponsored by the Autism Society of Northern Virginia.

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