What are the rights of parents in the IEP process?

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Parents must be given the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process about their child's education. School districts are required to provide a written notice in the language the parents speak describing proposed actions the school district will take with their child and the steps a parent can take if the parent disagrees. These actions may include the evaluation, identification and placement of a child. Some actions may require a parent's written permission prior to the school district carrying them out. A parent's consent is required when a child is evaluated and the first time a child receives special education. 

Parents are encouraged to review the “Notice of Procedural Safeguards”.  This document is mailed to the parent when consent is requested for initial evaluations and annually thereafter for all students on IEPs.