Following an IEP meeting a parent may be left feeling as though some parts of the IEP are appropriate, while also believing that other parts of the IEP were not appropriately addressed. Can parents provide only partial consent to an IEP document, and if so, are school district's responsible for implementing the portions of the IEP that were consented to?
A school district responsible for the provision of special education to a disabled child shall seek to obtain informed consent from the parent of such child before providing special education and related services to the child. (20 U.S.C. § 1414(a)(1)(D)(i)(II); Ed. Code, § 56346, subd. (a).) If a parent consents to some but not all of a proposed program, the district must implement only those portions to which the parent has agreed: If the parent of the child consents in writing to the receipt of special education and related services for the child but does not consent to all of the components of the individualized education program, those components of the program to which the parent has consented shall be implemented so as not to delay providing instruction and services to the child. (Ed. Code, § 56346, subd. (e).)
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