- Pepi M. Silverman
Parents Can Be Powerful Advocates
Knowing Your Rights
Whenever parents request the consideration of special education services, the school sends a meeting notice along with a Notice of Procedural Safeguards. It is a multipage document that most people in receipt of it, "NEVER" read. While the document is not an enjoyable read, the content is important and the school is required to clarify and offer explanations of the information contained within it.
Be empowered by being informed about your rights under the law. Within the document's 22 pages are the following headings:
Prior Written Notice
Absence of Parent Consent
Revocation of Consent
Parent Participation in Meetings
Private School Placement
Discipline of Students with Disabilities
Due Process Hearing
Education Surrogate Parents
Transfer of Parental Rights
These headings contain content describing the legal requirements that must be followed. Understanding those requirements can help parents advocate for their students by holding the school accountable for adherence to the law.