IEP Team Members: The Excusal Rule

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ISSN: 1538-320
October 1, 2019

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image of women at meetingYou know the required members of your child's IEP team. You know that parents are listed first as members.

But, do you know who may be excused from IEP meetings, when, how?

Excusal rules are safeguards to prevent parents from feeling “pressure” to excuse members.

The rule says the school cannot unilaterally excuse an IEP Team member.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about IEP team members and IEP team attendance, when team members may be excused from a meeting, and what parents and the school district must do before a team member may be excused.

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IEP Team Members & Attendance

I understand that parents are no longer required participants on their child's IEP team. Are teachers excluded from IEP meetings?

Does it make sense that a child's IEP team would not include the child's parents and teachers? If you answer, NO, you're right!

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Do Parents Have to Excuse Members of the IEP Team

  • Do parents have to excuse members of the IEP Team?
  • Are there penalties for schools that routinely excuse IEP Team members?
  • What should you do if you are asked to excuse a team member, and you do not agree?

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IDEA: What the Law Says about Excusing Team Members

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, page 101 and page 247.

20 U.S.C. 1414(d)(1)(C) and 34 CFR 300.321(e)

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Can Parents Exclude a Member of the IEP Team?

Your goal is to:

  • get what your child needs as painlessly as possible and
  • protect parent-school relationships.

When parents demand, they ensure that the school will fight forever to keep from giving in to parental demands.

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