Yes. It is a good idea to take notes during your child’s ARD meeting – for your own use or in case disagreements occur.
Texas recording law stipulates that Texas is a one-party consent state. So either party, parents or the school, can record without the other knowing. Doing this however, would likely undermine the relationship between the parent and the school.
Yes. Schools must give enough advance notice for parents to have the opportunity to attend their child's ARD meeting. They must also schedule the meeting at a mutually agreed upon time and place.
In October 2020, the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) required the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to make several edits to these documents. A summary of changes for each of these two documents can be found on the “Updates” tab of the Legal Framework.
Dustin Rynders, Disability Rights Texas provides an overview of key parental rights in special education including and practical tips on how to protect their child’s interest. The presentation will include identification, evaluation, ARD procedures, placement and discipline protections.
Sometimes when parents are requesting a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and/or behavior intervention plan (BIP), the school may respond with the comment, "We are addressing your child's behavior through their IEP. An FBA and BIP are not needed."