Often public school staff will insist on an IEP meeting when the child’s experience is not agreeable to the student or parent. Sometimes an IEP meeting arranged by the school staff is done to insure that the program will take place how the school staff prefer. Decisions made in such an IEP meeting may or may not be compliant with state regulations, nor appropriate for the student.
The unknowing parent trusts the school so easily go along with the idea. Many times, an IEP meeting is not necessary.
For example, a high school student might want to take different classes than those assigned by the school counselor, or, changes to the sequence of classes.
Many accessibility issues often can be addressed without an IEP meeting as well; such as participating in activities that all students participate (assemblies, bus rides, field trips, lunch time, etc.).
Schools sometimes tell parents “we don’t do that here”, or “that’s not available here”. Parents can be assertive and e-mail in requests for services that are appropriate for the child who has an IEP, prior to an IEP meeting. Often, the e-mail is more effective than an IEP meeting.
Parents need to be suspicious when told that an IEP student has to drop their special ed status in order to participate in regular ed classes. Don’t be bamboozled! Use our advocate to help you decide if your child is getting an appropriate program.
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