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15 Rights Parents Have in Public Schools

(2019, March) | Useful to Parent Centers and the families they serve Is it legal for a teacher to spank your child? Do immigrants have the right to a free public school education? Finding answers to these and other loaded questions about your rights and your children’s rights in U.S. public schools isn’t obvious. This […]

Partners in Education | Online Module

(2014) | Available in English and Spanish | Useful to parents of children with developmental disabilities. This 3-hour self-directed course was created to help parents of children with developmental disabilities understand and maximize the special education system. The course focuses on: a child’s right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE), the laws that protect […]

Managing Food Allergies in the School Setting: Guidance for Parents

(2019, Updated news!) | Useful to: Parent Centers serving families whose children have food allergies, parents and children, and school systems . RARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) offers a robust website for parents whose children have food allergies. It’s also highly pertinent to the schools who must address the food-allergy and other needs of […]

Questions and Answers about IDEA: Parent Participation

Current as of February 2019   How does IDEA ensure that families have meaningful opportunities to participate? That will be the focus of this Q&A—the solid foundation IDEA provides for parental involvement. Topics covered are: The Power of Parent Participation Parental Rights to Participate, Summarized Parent Notification Parent Consent Resources of More Information We’ve used the word “you” […]

GAO Report on Failure to Inform Parents of Loss of IDEA Rights

(2017, November) | Useful to Parent Centers in working with families of children with disabilities. What information do parents receive about special education services and rights when enrolling their child with a disability in a “choice” program? The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigated this issue and reports its findings in its November 2017 publication, Private School […]

Parent Participation in Early Intervention

Updated, December 2017 Families, most particularly parents, are vital participants in early intervention. Your contributions are invaluable: at the individual level where you are intimately involved in determining the services that your own child will receive; and at an organizational level determining policies and scope for EI programs. The resources below have been identified because […]

Parent Notification and Consent in Early Intervention

Parents are essential partners in early intervention. They have the right to be deeply involved at every step along the way, from evaluation of their child, to the writing of the individualized family service plan (IFSP), to helping to determine the early intervention services their child receives. Not surprisingly, Part C of IDEA includes specific provisions to support the informed involvement of parents in their child’s early intervention program.

Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights: State Statutes

(2017) | Useful to Parent Centers and other family service organizations in understanding what’s involved legally in the involuntary termination of parental rights. This updated publication from the Child Welfare Information Gateway reviews state laws that provide the legal reasons for terminating parental rights when the parent is found unfit to care and protect his […]

Parental Consent

One of parents’ most important rights is the right to give (or not give) their consent for certain actions of the school system with respect to their child with a disability. This short page will explain this right in detail.

Right to Receive Prior Written Notice

Parental rights under IDEA include the right to receive prior written notice from the school each time that the school proposes to take (or refuses to take) certain actions with respect to your child. Specifically, the school must provide parents with prior written notice each time that it:

proposes to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of your child;
proposes to initiate or change the provision of FAPE to your child (that’s a free appropriate public education);
refuses to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of your child;
refuses to initiate or change the provision of FAPE to your child.

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