The IDEA imposes upon the school district the duty to conduct a meaningful IEP meeting with parents. (W.G. v. Bd. of Trustees of Target Range Sch. Dist., 960 F.2d 1479, 1485 (9th Cir. 1992); Fuhrmann v. East Hanover Bd. of Educ., 993 F.2d 1031, 1036 (3d Cir. 1993)).
With that said, what does a meaningful IEP meeting entail? Federal courts have stated that a parent has meaningfully participated in the development of an IEP when she is informed of her child's problems, attends the IEP meeting, expresses her disagreement regarding the IEP team's conclusions, and requests revisions in the IEP. (N.L. v. Knox County Schools., 315 F.3d 688, 693 (6th Cir. 2003); Fuhrmann, supra, 993 F.2d at p. 1036).
Furthermore, federal courts have additionally gone on to state that school districts cannot predetermine a pupil's placement prior to the IEP team meeting and without parental involvement in developing the IEP. (Target Range, supra, 960 F.2d at 1481, 1484; Deal v. Hamilton County Bd. of Educ., 392 F.3d 840 (6th Cir. 2004); Bd. of Educ. of Township High School Dist. No. 211 v. Lindsey Ross, 486 F.3d 267 (7th Cir. 2007)).
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