If you, as a parent, disagree with a decision your child’s IEP team has reached there are a number of options. Conflict doesn’t have to be negative. When a team can talk through their differing viewpoints the conversations can result in a richer understanding or out of the box solution that no single member would have come to on their own.
Through the IEP Process
Many options are available to allow teams to work conflict out at the lowest level possible. Consider contacting the Family Educator Partner at the AEA in your area or ASK Resource Center to do some brainstorming about strategies to approach your child’s next IEP meeting.
Prior Written Notice – Alliance
Low Level Problem-Solving Process
Each of Iowa’s AEA has staff assigned with training on mediation who can help provide an option to resolve differences before moving to the legal level.
Parents have rights to procedural safeguards (due process) if they feel their child isn’t receiving a free and appropriate public education under IDEA (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).
Mediation Parent Guide – CADRE
Complaint Procedures – DE