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Rochelle’s Special Education Tips

Please Please Me
Since You Cannot Please Everyone, Please Just Follow the Law

This week’s Tips is going to repeat a familiar piece of advice: You cannot always comply with a parent’s wishes. Sometimes you just have to agree to disagree and develop a defensible IEP. For instance, if a student needs a reading intervention and the parent does not want to take the child out of any classes in order to receive the intervention, you are just going to have to advise the parent that the intervention needs to be implemented even though the child will have to miss some general education class time. Because you know what will happen if you do not implement the intervention. The parent will develop amnesia and claim two years later that you never offered the intervention. And isn’t it coincidental that the amnesia occurs at about the same time that the parent secures legal counsel? Just saying.

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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