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Wednesday, February 13 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Offering FAPE, Not Favors

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No one enjoys being in a contentious IEP meeting, and saying, “Yes” to parent requests often seems like the easiest way to resolve conflicts and move forward. Unfortunately, there are many situations in which a parent’s requests are not supported by our team’s professional recommendations, and may even run contrary to what the school team believes is required for FAPE. This presentation will offer concrete strategies to address requests during IEP meetings, including model language for different scenarios, and help administrators evaluate when to compromise, when to gather more information, and when to refuse parent requests in the IEP meetings. For requests that cannot be resolved in the IEP meeting, we will review the legal requirements of prior written notice letters, and discuss when districts should consider using alternative dispute resolutions. Finally, we will give case examples where districts’ decisions to go along with parents’ requests ultimately resulted in findings that the district denied FAPE, and how to avoid similar outcomes pro-actively.


Courtney Brady

Education Attorney, Harbottle Law Group
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Tracy Petznick Johnson, J.D.

Education Attorney, Harbottle Law Group

Wednesday February 13, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm PST
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