What does LEA stand for in Special Education? Explained by an IEP Advocate.

What does LEA stand for in Special Education? Explained by an IEP Advocate.

What does LEA stand for? LEA is one of those special education acronyms that is more complex than it needs to be. The LEA is a largely misunderstood position or role at IEP meetings. Many times, parents want to exclude the LEA from their IEP meeting! In my professional opinion, that is not a good…

Can a Parent Record an IEP Meeting? | Recording Laws for 50 States

Can a Parent Record an IEP Meeting? | Recording Laws for 50 States

Recording School IEP Meetings Can you (audio) record your IEP meeting? It’s a question that I’ve seen parents and advocates discuss quite a bit. And like all the other parts of the IEP, there are no easy answers to the question. In deciding whether or not to record your child’s IEP meeting, there are many…

Who is Required to attend an IEP meeting? Can I exclude people?

Who is Required to attend an IEP meeting? Can I exclude people?

Who Attends IEP Meetings I have a friend and there are 18 school staff people, and her, at her IEP meetings. I’ve mentioned many times before how large Kevin’s IEP team is, and even I don’t have meetings that large. One time with a client, I was attending a parent-requested IEP meeting. This particular school…

What happens after an IEP Meeting? And what to do next.

What happens after an IEP Meeting? And what to do next.

AFTER the IEP Meeting It seems that many parents anticipate and prepare for an IEP meeting and then that’s it. Often, it’s very anti-climatic, all that preparing and worrying. And then what? Are you left with this feeling of not being resolved, or not knowing what to expect? Sound familiar? Let’s go over what happens…

Why More Parents Should Consider Facilitated IEP Meetings.

Why More Parents Should Consider Facilitated IEP Meetings.

Facilitated IEP Meetings My very first experience with a facilitated IEP meeting was not a good one. Things were very tense between the parents and the school. The parent hired me, the situation began to escalate. So I suggested a facilitated IEP meeting. We scheduled the meeting and the facilitator (more on how to do…

Why IEP Parents Should Never Agree to the “Let’s just Wait and See.”

Why IEP Parents Should Never Agree to the “Let’s just Wait and See.”

Let’s Just Wait and See. I’d be willing to be my house and my car that 99% of all IEP parents have experienced the “Let’s just wait and see.” It’s one of the most common and most effective stall or delaying tactics when a parent asks for something on the IEP. It goes like this….