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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act



Step 2: Notice of Rights

Procedural Safeguards
IDEA says the school district must give parents a notice explaining the procedural safeguards available to parents (their rights) at least one time per year or:
  • Upon initial referral or parent request for evaluation;
  • Upon receipt of the first special education complaint filed with TEA
  • Upon receipt of the first due process hearing complaint in a school year;
  • When a decision is made to take disciplinary action that constitutes a change in placement; or
  • Upon your request.

IDEA also states that the procedural safeguards should be understandable to the general public. Currently, Texas Procedural Safeguards Notice contains information on the following topics:

Prior Written Notice:                                                                          
This section of the procedural safeguards is important for parents to understand.  You have a right to be given information in writing.  The notice must be given to you at least 5 school days in advance.  You have a right to information in writing when the school proposes to OR refuses to initiate or to change:

  • The identification (does your child have a disability or need special education to benefit from education),
  • The evaluation (initial evaluation, re-evaluation, dismissal)
  • The placement of your child (change the IEP and where the IEP will be implemented); or
  • how the child is provided a “free appropriate public education (FAPE).
Prior written notice will also need to be provided when a parent revokes their consent for special education services. Prior written notice must:
  • Describe the action the school proposes or refuses to take;
  • Explain why the school is proposing or refusing the action;
  • Describe each evaluation procedure, assessment, record, or report the school used in making its decision;
  • Include a statement that you have protections under IDEA;
  • Tell you how to get a copy of the Procedural Safeguards notice;
  • Include contact information for individuals or organizations that can help you understand IDEA;
  • Describe other choices that the ARD Committee considered and the reasons why those choices were rejected; and
  • Provide a description of other reasons why the school proposes or refuses the action.

This notice is to be written in the native language of the parents, if feasible and in an easy to understand manner.   If your native language or other mode of communication is not a written language, then the school must translate the notice orally or by other means so that you can understand it.  You can find the complete Procedural Safeguards at http://framework.esc18.net/display/Webforms/LandingPage.aspx?DT=G&LID=en/ For more information on Procedural Safeguards in IDEA 2004: http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cdynamic%2CTopicalArea%2C12%2C

Legal Framework for the Child Centered Process – Prior Written Notice

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Step 1: Request
Step 2: Notice of Rights
Step 3: Evaluation
Step 4: ARD/IEP Planning Conference
Step 5 & 6: The ARD/IEP Meeting
Step 7: On-going Assessment and Data Collection
Step 8: Examine Data and Make Recommendations





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