Summer School 2014: Session 5
IEP Meeting Strategies

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ISSN: 1538-320
August 19, 2014

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Summer School 2014
Parent Rights & Responsibilities in the IEP Process

  • For some IEP teams saying NO is too easy.
  • Articulating an explanation of WHY? is tough.

IEP MeetingPrior Written Notice (PWN) clearly states that parental requests must be accepted or rejected.

The IEP team must list the reasons for accepting or rejecting the parent's proposal.

Parents must build a record when you and the school disagree. Bringing out a PWN form can be a show stopper when skillfully used.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find Part 5: IEP Meeting Strategies. Learn how to effectively track your requests, the school's response, and document issues that were resolved or are still on the table.

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How Can I Get the IEP Team to Take My Suggestions Seriously?

Parent Advocate and Attorney Jeff Martin explains how to "remain nice and let the law be the bad guy!" Use a Prior Written Notice Form with "Tabled Actions" to:

  • get the IEP team's attention
  • develop the record for future action

Learn to use a PWN form that requires an explanation of why the school tabled your request and a date for the next consideration of the request.


Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition

Does Your School's PWN Form Meet IDEA Requirements?

Prior Written Notice in the Procedural Safeguards section of IDEA. Prior Written Notice Model Form

20 U.S.C. § 1415(b)(3), Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, pages 108-109.

Special Education Regulations, 34 C.F.R. § 300.503, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, pages 253-254.

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Written Opinions: A How-To Manual

Find out how to document events and conversations, develop documents that support your position, and submit your concerns to the IEP team.

Your Written Opinion is very powerful.

It will become part of your child's educational record. The school can never say that it did not happen because you documented it.



Summer School Session 5: Homework Checklist


  1. Read 20 U.S.C. § 1415(b)(3) and 34 C.F.R. § 300.503.


  2. Read/review your state Special Education Regulations about Prior Written Notice (PWN).


  3. Download the Prior Written Notice Form with Tabled Actions.


  4. Review the steps for submitting a Written Opinion.


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