Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), a qualifying child is entitled to a free, appropriate public education (“FAPE”). A FAPE is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the student’s unique learning needs. Once a student is determined eligible to receive special education and related services, the IEP Team, which includes members of the Child Study Team and the parent/s, will meet to develop the IEP, or Individualized Education Program.
An IEP is essentially the contract that both parents and the school district agree upon. It details the placement, program, services and supports the child will receive during the upcoming school year, as well as the child’s annual goals and means for tracking the child’s progress. The IEP is often referred to as the “cornerstone” or the “roadmap” to providing the student with a program that is tailored to their unique learning needs.
An IEP is a legally binding document. Signing or not signing the IEP has legal implications on your child’s educational rights. If you have concerns about the appropriateness of your child’s IEP, or you have concerns about signing your child’s IEP, talk to one of our special needs education law attorneys at Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler immediately.