You have the right to disagree with many aspects of the evaluation process and the development of the IEP.
For example, you might disagree with:
The amount of service the IEP team is suggesting
The progress your child is making
The category of exceptionality the district has identified for your child.
There are many options for what you can do next.
These are the steps, in order:
1. Meet with the school again
Share your concerns with the school team and try to work together.
2. Request a facilitated IEP
Bring in a neutral facilitator to improve communication between you
and the IEP team.
3. Ask for Mediation
Bring in a neutral mediator who is trained to help resolve issues
between you and the school district.
4. File an informal complaint
5. File a formal complaint
6. File for a Due Process Hearing
This is a formal meeting, like a court trial. This should be a last resort!
We'll walk you through each of these in the next few pages.
Sources: Families Helping Families, Advocacy LA, LDOE