This guide is “A JOINT PUBLICATION OF The Federation for Children with Special Needs and The Massachusetts Department of Education” Here is the pdf file: Parents Guide to Special Education … Read the rest
In Spanish | En español
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual needs. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP. That’s why the process of developing this vital document is of great interest and importance to educators, administrators, and families alike. … Read the rest
In Spanish | En español Parents have the right to disagree with decisions that the school system makes with respect to their child with a disability. This includes the school’s decisions about:
- the identification of the child as a “child with a disability”;
- the child’s evaluation;
- the child’s educational placement; and
- the special education and related services that the school provides to the child.
In Spanish | En español One of parents’ most important rights is the right to give (or not give) their consent for certain actions of the school system with respect to their child with a disability. This short page will explain this right in detail. Quick-Jump Links
- Definition of “consent”
- Making sure parents have the info they need
- When will the school ask for a parent’s consent?
In Spanish | En español Parental rights under IDEA include the right to receive prior written notice from the school each time that the school proposes to take (or refuses to take) certain actions with respect to your child. Specifically, the school must provide parents with prior written notice each time that it:
- proposes to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of your child;
- proposes to initiate or change the provision of FAPE to your child (that’s a free appropriate public education);
- refuses to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of your child;
- refuses to initiate or change the provision of FAPE to your child.
In Spanish | En español If you, as a parent of a child with a disability, do not agree with the results of the individualized evaluation of your child, as conducted by the school system, you have the right to obtain what is known as an Independent Educational Evaluation, or an IEE (§300.502). … Read the rest
In Spanish | En español The right to participate in meetings related to their child is one of the most important and powerful of parent rights. Parents have the right to participate in meetings with respect to the:
- their child’s identification,
- their child’s evaluation,
- their child’s educational placement, and
- provision of FAPE (free appropriate public education) to their child.
In Spanish | En español IDEA and other federal laws protect the confidentiality of your child’s education records. These safeguards address the following three aspects:
- the use of personally identifiable information;
- who may have access to your child’s records; and
- the rights of parents to inspect their child’s education records and request that these be amended to correct information that is misleading or inaccurate, or that violates the child’s privacy or other rights.
In Spanish | En español At least one time a year, the parents of a child with a disability must receive from the school system a complete explanation of all the procedural safeguards available to them, as parents, under IDEA. This explanation is called the “Procedural Safeguards Notice.” In this page, we’ll examine the purpose and contents of this notice, the times that parents will receive it, and other aspects of this important safeguard. … Read the rest
So–we’ve arrived at the due process hearing, a longstanding option within IDEA for resolving disputes between parents and school systems. The two parties may have reached this point after unsuccessfully trying another of IDEA’s options for dispute resolution, or they may have waived those options and gone straight to the due process hearing. … Read the rest