Friday, June 24, 2016

Procedural Safeguards Under IDEA #ProceduralSafeguards

What mechanisms does the special education law have for parents who disagree with decisions by a school district about the education of a child with a disability? Are there procedural safeguards that protect a school district?

Procedural safeguards are at the heart of the system established by the special education law. The philosophy underlying the Act is that parents and school districts will work together collaboratively to ensure an appropriate education for children with disabilities. Schaffer v. Weast 546 U.S. 49, 126 S.Ct. 528, 44 IDELR 150 (11/14/2005). But the law also recognizes that there must be procedural safeguards to ensure that the important public policies established by the Act will be achieved when the parents and school officials cannot agree.

So we will once again run a series on the various procedural safeguards that are established by IDEA. Procedural Safeguards - The Series will begin next week. As always we appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Also your comments concerning how the procedural safeguards are working in practice may be useful to our readers. Let us know.

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