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SB 253 recognizes that parents, legal guardians, and their independent experts are essential members of the team that develops an IEP plan and determines placement of a child with a disability.
If passed, this bill would allow the parent of a child with a disability to request that all IEP meetings be mediated by a person not employed by the school district. This request would be especially pertinent if at any time during the IEP process the parent believes the IEP team is not giving appropriate weight to the opinions and recommendations of the parent or the parent's independent experts or if the parent believes that the team's decisions are not in the best interest of the child.
In addition, if the parent of a child with a disability cannot reach an agreement with the school district, the parent may enroll their child in a home study program and arrange for independent providers to deliver services to the child at the expense of the school district.
1/5/2010 (Senate) Introduced and referred to Education Committee
This bill did not pass.
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