To avoid conflict, should the school implement the parents’ suggestions if the parents and school personnel cannot reach consensus at an IEP meeting?

Published: June 15th, 2016

Conflict is not necessarily a bad thing, and sometimes conflict is unavoidable. Although the spirit of the IDEA is that the parties, as equal participants, will arrive at consensus, sometimes this is not possible. Although parental suggestions should be encouraged and considered, the school is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the IEP includes the services that the child needs in order to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). [Letter to Richards, 55 IDELR 107 (OSEP 2010)] “If the [IEP] team cannot reach agreement, the public agency must determine the appropriate services and provide the parents with prior written notice of the agency’s determinations regarding the child’s education program and of the parents’ right to seek resolution of any disagreements by initiating an impartial due process hearing or filing a State complaint.” [Letter to Richards, 55 IDELR 107 (OSEP 2010)]

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