Do I HAVE to Sign the IEP?

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ISSN: 1538-320
February 28, 2017

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You're frustrated and don't know what to do. You don't agree with the IEP. Do you HAVE to sign it?

The law requires that parents give their informed written consent before the school can implement the initial or first IEP.

Federal law and regulations do not require parental consent for later IEPs. Some states do require consent, others do not.

Look at the IEP to see if your signature is consent or attendance.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn the benefits of signing the IEP, how to document your dissatisfaction or express concerns, and where to find your state requirements.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.
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Do I HAVE to Sign the IEP?

Why has the school never asked me to sign the IEP?

What are the consent requirements? Do I HAVE to sign?

Find out what the federal law says.


When a Parent Makes Threats - or Refuses to Sign the IEP

Threatening to not sign an IEP does not really mean much. If you do not sign the IEP, others may think you agree to it.

You have an absolute right to disagree - learn what to do when that happens.


Parent Participation and Consent

See Chapter 3 to learn about your parental role, consent, and when you must give consent.

Have more questions about IEPs? You will find the answers in Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

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IEP Expired! Now What?

A learning disability is not something a person outgrows. You need to be sure there is a reason for discontinuing the IEP.

Find out what the school is required to provide before they can terminate the IEP.

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