In the last ten years, Texas has taken interest in the growing use of “facilitated IEPs” to assist in dealing with “difficult” IEP meetings and resolving disagreements. In 2013, the Texas passed legislation addressing facilitated IEPs. IEP facilitation offered by a school is now an option for resolving disputes. TAC 89.1196 (a) – IEP facilitation “refers to a method of alternative dispute resolution that involves the use of a trained facilitator to assist an admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee in developing an IEP for a student with a disability. The facilitator uses facilitation techniques to help the committee members communicate [...]
No matter how good your relationship with a school, there may come a time when you and the school disagree over what’s best for your child. Conflicts can arise over the amount or quality of services that the school is providing in your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Sometimes the disagreement may be about your child’s placement. The good news is that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) gives you several ways to resolve disputes. Here are six options for resolving an IEP dispute: 1. Informal Negotiation: Talking with the School during IEP Meetings You’re part of the IEP team. [...]
TEA has revised their Special Education Dispute Resolution Systems Handbook. PRN Education Specialist, Chuck Noe, has reviewed the Handbook and shares his perspective on changes that have been made to it.