Special Education in Plain Language

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IEP Team Participants

LEA representative

What The Law Says

A representative of the local educational agency who is qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, special education, is knowledgeable about the general education curriculum and is knowledgeable about and authorized by the local educational agency to commit the available resources of the local educational agency.  115.78(1m)(d)


What The Law Means

A principal, special education director, teacher, or anyone who can be sure the services in the IEP are provided to the child.  This person must know about the regular education curriculum and the school district’s resources.  The LEA representative must have the authority to commit resources.


What Needs To Be Done

The school chooses the LEA representative.  The LEA representative has the knowledge of, and authority to, commit district resources the child needs.


What Parents Need to Know or Do

Parents should ask who the LEA representative is for the meeting.  They should write down the name and title of the LEA representative.  The LEA representative may serve more than one role on the IEP team.