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 IEP goals or interventions
- The amount of services (like therapies) the IEP team is suggesting
- The progress your child is making
- The school's response to behavior issues
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