The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a Federal Law that provides that a free, appropriate public education must be available to every student who is eligible to receive special education services. IDEA requires that every child with a disability who is in need of early intervention or special education must be identified, located and evaluated by their local school district.
Once a child is found eligible for special education, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) must be created that sets forth the program, services, goals and objectives and accommodations for the student. The program, services and accommodations listed in a student’s IEP must be implemented by the school district.
If there is a dispute about the program, services or accommodations being provided to a student, or if there is disagreement as to whether a student is eligible for special education, a parent may request mediation or file for a due process hearing. In certain cases they may file a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Education or the Office for Civil Rights.
If you have concerns about the services your child is receiving from your school district, please contact us by using the contact form or calling us at (615) 509-4677. We can help you navigate the special education process to obtain your goals for your child and preserve your rights along the way.