The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) sent the following two letters to the Texas Education Agency regarding its implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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.
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No. Under section 615(f)(1)(B) of the IDEA and 34 CFR § 300.510(a), within 15 days of receiving notice of the parent's due process complaint, and prior to the initiation of a due process hearing under 34 CFR § 300.511, the LEA must convene a meeting with the parent and the relevant member or members of the IEP Team who have specific knowledge of the facts identified in the due process complaint.
Under 34 CFR § 300.301(c)(1), the initial evaluation must be conducted within 60 days after receiving parental consent for the evaluation or, if the State establishes a timeframe within which the evaluation must be conducted, within that timeframe.
Given the power that family involvement has to influence how our children achieve in school and in life, it’s not surprising that the nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), strongly supports parents’ right to be involved in the special education their child receives.
This fact sheet provides information on the significant amendments to IDEA made by ESSA. These amendments and other technical changes were incorporated in federal regulations published on June 30, 2017.