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.
Ask five people and you might easily get five different answers, including at least one response of, “Huh?” The term procedural safeguards sounds rather legalistic and perhaps even a little scary. When it comes to education, what or who needs to be safeguarded? Children? Parents? Teachers? Schools? For our purposes, Procedural Safeguards are a set of requirements to ensure that children with disabilities are provided with a free appropriate public education, according to the standards and mechanisms established by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its regulations. Stated in another way, Procedural Safeguards serve as an umbrella or security [...]