Special Education in Plain Language

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Placement

Consent for placement

What The Law Says

A local educational agency shall seek to obtain informed consent from the parent of a child with a disability before providing special education and related services to the child.  If the parent of a child with a disability denies consent, the local educational agency shall not provide special education and related services to the child.  115.79(2)


What The Law Means

Before the school can start special education for the first time, it must get written consent from the child’s parents.


What Needs To Be Done

The school sends a notice to the parents and asks for consent for placement before it starts special education.  After special education is started, the school does not need to get consent for special education placement again.


What Parents Need to Know or Do

Parents give consent if they want their child to have special education services to be provided.  If they do not want their child to have special education, they refuse consent.  If parents disagree with the IEP or placement proposed by the school, see Problem Solving.