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 category of disability the district has identified for your child
The amount of progress the school says your child is making
The school's finding that your child does not qualify for an IEP or 504 plan
Dispute resolution is a process of resolving disagreements.
The school system has a formal process to go through. This is your legal right.
BSEA stands for the Bureau for Special Education Appeals. This is a state office that conducts mediation, advisory opinions and hearings to resolve disputes about special education. Click here to see the webpage. (It will open in a new tab.)
We'll walk you through each of these in the next few screens.
The school district should have given you a Notice of Procedural Safeguards, which describes your rights and the process of resolving a disagreement. (Click on the title to open it in a new window.)
What to do as you go through this process:
See the next pages to learn about each step in this process.
Sources: Children's Law Center of MA,Collins (2013), MA DESE, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee