What should an IEP cover or not cover?


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what to do with their answer?

If you put your request that was refused * in writing or verbally (email is the most efficient paper trail) and IF your request was decided without an IEP meeting, and IF it would reasonably need to be added to the IEP or change something already written in the IEP, your next step is to call an IEP meeting so that YOU can be, as IDEA requires, part of the IEP team who decides such things. In writing, request an IEP meeting to discuss it. Summarize what you asked for (to whom, when and how), why you believe that addition or change is needed, what documents support the need, what reasons you were told for the prior refusal, why you believe this is an error, and dates/time ranges you are available for an IEP meeting in the next 30 days. Then prepare for the meeting.

Common Errors Parents Make When Requesting Changes for their Child's Education:

1. Asking someone who has no authority to grant the request (asking an aide to change curriculum).
2. Asking for something verbally only, instead of in writing, for an IEP meeting to have the IEP team decide.
That person may forget, or may use the verbal request to treat it casually (and respond casually), instead of applying IDEA requirements. They may rely upon subjective reasons to refuse it. Parents then do not have the opportunity of an IEP meeting to articulate their reasons driving the request to the IEP team, and the IEP team never hears the request.
ford quote3. Not maintaining a paper trail of request, refusal and reasons
A paper trail holds professionals accountable to the standards of their credentials, and reasonably allows everyone to remember and/or clarify what was agreed to.
4. Not asking for a copy of the 'policy' given as a reason the district can not agree to a request.
A LEA may not withhold information from you that they rely on to deny a provision of a FAPE (placement, services, etc). You have a right to see a public policy-- it's public after all-- supposedly good for all similarly situated peers and non-discriminatory. You can 'respectfully demand' this policy within ten days . And if they are 'citing' it as a reason for refusing your IEP related request, it became "information relevant to your child's provision of a FAPE" triggering a provision of IDEA requiring they provide it to you; reasonably soon, at least within 45 days of written request (FERPA), or before any IEP meeting (IDEA).
5. Expecting IEP team members to be less than the credentialled, trained professionals.
If you have an issue with an action, opinion, statement or decision from an IEP team member, you can politely and civilly challenge, dispute or question it -- but not the person. IEP team members are there as professionals only. A professional is involved because of their formal training, experience, credentials and reasoned opinions. Defending their statements credibly [without seeing a challenge/dispute as a character attack] is part of that. [See also evaluations > professional ethics and practices].

* Under IDEA your request is a Parent Proposal to Change a Provision of a FAPE. Under IDEA the district must convene an IEP meeting to discuss it and agree or disagree in an IEP meeting to which you are invited, within 30 calendar days, it appears.


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