Special education law was really written by parents. That means that they have the majority of the rights. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Special education is a voluntary service. Parents can decline services at any point.
- Parents do not have to sign the IEP at the meeting. They have the right to take the paperwork home and think about it.
- Parents have the right to request meetings whenever they want one. Schools have to meet within 30 days of a written request.
- Parents have the right to request assessment– but schools also have the right to not assess if it isn’t warranted. If the school says no, they have to give the parent written notice and the parent has the right to dispute it.
- Parents have the right to take schools to due process.
To learn more about these and other rights, see this article on consent and parent rights.