Can parents block an IEP they disagree with?

Published: June 15th, 2016

No. There is nothing in the regulations that implement the IDEA to suggest that parents can block or overturn an IEP they disagree with. However, this does not mean that parents are without an option when a disagreement on the IEP team arises. If parents disagree with any IEP team decision, their recourse is to request mediation or to file a due process complaint against the school district or charter school. The IDEA provides these procedural safeguards as a means for resolving disputes between parents and schools concerning the identification, evaluation, placement, or the provision of a FAPE. [34 C.F.R. §§ 300.506(a) and 300.507(a) respectively]