Parents and school staff usually agree about issues regarding evaluation, eligibility, services, and placement of students with disabilities. However, there are times when disagreement occurs. It is helpful to address concerns as soon as they arise so steps can be taken to resolve the concern and support the working relationship among parents, staff, and students.
Conflict resolution options include:
Attend IEP meetings and bring a list of possible questions, suggestions and concerns. Bring and discuss written records of pertinent development, medical, and educational information. Support and maintain close contact with your child’s IEP team.
Participate in parent groups to learn about special education such as the Community Advisory Committee established by the SELPA and the District parent group, FLO.
California is divided into 'areas' for the purposes of administering special education services for students with disabilities. These areas are called Special Education Local Planning Areas (SELPA. Each SELPA must submit a Local Plan to the state describing how services will be delivered to students receiving special education services in their planning area in accordance with the law.
California Education Code requires each Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) to establish a Special Education Community Advisory Committee (SECAC). SECAC membership is comprised of parents with students who receive Special Education services, parents with students in general education, district staff from both special and general education, community agency representatives and community members who is interested in Special Education.