Any IEP Change Requires Parent Consent

by Lydia X.McCoy –

Knox County Schools has given additional training to its special-education supervisors and principals after the school system was found in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The law governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to children with disabilities.

In an administrative complaint filed this summer, Christian Seus, power of attorney for a former student of Bearden Middle School, alleged that the school system did not answer the family’s complaints about how the student was being treated in the classroom by a teacher and that the student’s individual education plan was not being met.

“After scores of repeated communications to various members of Knox County Schools, we do not have an outcome or ‘fix’ to our specific complaints,” the complaint said.

“If the (Individualized Education Plan)/Behavior Plan was followed, the student and teacher would have had a more productive, safe and successful year as well as a proper (Free Appropriate Public Education).”

The family asked the state to propose that the school system conduct an “updated and more intensive special needs training” to school staff.

“Updated training skills are necessary to assist children with disabilities and to achieve academic standards similar to a non-special needs child,” the complaint said.

This summer, the state found the school system was in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act when it failed to provide prior written notice after a change was made to the student’s individualized education plan.

That notice is required after a meeting is held and a change or refusal to change is made in the student’s plan.

Melissa Massie, executive director of the school district’s student support services, said she couldn’t comment specifically on the complaint that was filed, but what the school system was cited for was “just an error in that specific case.”

As a result of it the school system was required to do additional training with school officials at the middle school.

Read more at Knox Schools get disabilities training.

Any IEP Change Requires Parent Consent.

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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