What happens at an IEP meeting if the parties cannot reach consensus?

Published: June 15th, 2016

“The IEP Team meeting serves as a communication vehicle between parents and school personnel and enables them, as equal participants, to make joint informed decisions regarding the services that are necessary to meet the unique needs of the child. The IEP team should work towards a general agreement, but the public agency 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). It is not appropriate to make IEP decisions based on majority “vote.” If the 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)]