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Special Education Tip – The UniServ Representative is Not a Member of the IEP Team – 51-2017

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The UniServ Representative is Not a Member of the IEP Team

IEP meetings are meant to be collaborative sessions between educators and parents. But sometimes things do not go well. When an educator feels bullied, overworked, or unfairly blamed, a natural instinct may be to get the UniServ representative involved. That can cause all sorts of unwanted and unnecessary problems. One such problem occurs when the educator discloses personally identifiable information about the student to the UniServ representative. That is a violation of FERPA and the employee must be reprimanded. Such a disclosure occurs when details about the IEP are disclosed along with the student’s name. Or, if the details disclosed are specific enough to allow identification of the student even without the student’s name, there is a likely violation of FERPA. The educator may have a legitimate reason to complain, but never to violate FERPA.

504 Statewide Consortium

Tips has learned that a 504 Statewide Consortium has been formed. The Consortium welcomes any District Level 504 Leader/Coordinator to contact Dr. Sally Dorman, Howard County Public School System, at sally_dorman@hcpss.org to discuss joining. The Consortium has begun meeting and intends to meet at least four times per year.

Rochelle’s Special Education Tips (“Tips”) are designed to be helpful and thought provoking, but should not be considered legal advice as they may not be accurate for use in all situations. Tips are based on my opinions and positions in accordance with federal and Maryland law and my over 35 years of experience in the special education legal field. – Rochelle S. Eisenberg, Esquire
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