All three are dispute resolution processes described in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state special education law.A due process hearing is a formal process that looks a lot like court. There is a hearing officer, who hears the evidence and issues a decision. There are exhibits, witnesses, and motions. There are nearly … Continue reading What is the difference between a due process hearing, mediation, and a state complaint?
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is a national organization that provides phenomenal training to parents, attorneys, and advocates from some of the best of the best presenters in the country! This year's conference is in Atlanta and takes place March 7-10, 2024. Note that Delta offers non-stop flights to Atlanta from Bradley … Continue reading Do you want to learn to be your child’s best advocate? Come to the COPAA conference in March 2024!
What is an independent educational evaluation (IEE)? An IEE is an evaluation conducted by someone who is not an employee of the school district. When may I request a district-paid IEE? A parent's right to a district-paid IEE is triggered by the parent's disagreement with a school evaluation. I.e., the parents do not have a … Continue reading Obtaining a district-paid Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)
Sometimes parents hear from school teams that it is unreasonable to expect a child with disabilities to progress more than a year in a year's time. A letter from the U.S. Department of Education says otherwise. "In a situation where a child is performing significantly below the level of the grade in which the child … Continue reading How much progress is “appropriate?”