How to Document Concerns, Record Meetings, and Use Letters and Emails to Clarify Your Position
The school is responsible for providing your child with a free appropriate education, defined as an education from which your child receives meaningful educational benefit.
In due process cases, schools try to defend IEPs with vague goals by claiming that the parent “fully participated” in the IEP process and agreed to these vague goals and objectives.
The bottom line is that the school – not the parent – is responsible for providing the child with an appropriate education. When a school doesn’t accept their responsibility in a due process hearing, they try to shift the responsibility onto others. The easiest person to blame is the parent.
If the school offers an IEP with goals that cannot be measured objectively and says you have to “take it or leave it,” and if from your perspective as a parent, something is better than nothing, here are some strategies you can use.