If you have questions regarding your child’s IEP, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

“Your child is not eligible for special education services.”

Ask for an explanation of eligibility criteria and ask the school what they are doing currently to address your child’s needs. Conduct a private evaluation to show the school evidence of your child’s needs.

“We are not equipped to perform the requested services.”

Request alternative solutions and see if the team can find other ways to support your child. The district is required to give your child a Free Appropriate Public Education regardless of what they are capable of providing.

“Your concerns fall beyond our area of responsibility.”

Discuss your concerns regarding your child’s education and provide evidence of their needs. Work with the team to find a middle ground that addresses these needs and the responsibilities of the school.

“Despite our best efforts, your child’s progress has been minimal.”

Ask the team to go over the strategies they are using, and work with them to come up with new approaches and a new plan to support your child’s needs.

“We are unable to implement the suggested accommodations or modifications.”

Inquire about the decision’s rationale, present supplementary information or professional recommendations, and emphasize the critical role of the requested supports in enabling your child’s educational access.

“We suggest a more restrictive placement for your child.”

Share your preference for inclusive environments and underscore the positive impact your child has had in such settings. Highlight the benefits that typical students also gain from inclusive classrooms. Request a conversation to explore additional supports or strategies that can promote your child’s success in inclusive settings while addressing their specific needs.

“We are unable to meet your child’s unique needs.”

Identify the specific areas of concern and seek clarification on why these needs cannot be addressed. Work together with the team to brainstorm alternative solutions or investigate external resources, like community programs or therapeutic services, that could offer additional support.

“Your child’s progress is not meeting expectation.”

Ask about the areas where your child’s performance is below expectation and create a plan that specifically addresses them. Be open to seeking support in the form of tutoring and outside intervention if necessary.

“We are not able to provide your child with the services they need.”

Seek a detailed clarification regarding the decision and explore alternative resources or service providers that might be accessible. Look into community organizations, support groups, or local agencies that provide services tailored to your child’s requirements.

“This is the highest level of support we can give.”

State that you are concerned about the current support level and provide evidence and information that prove the need for more support.

“The goals and objectives set for your child are not realistic.”

Discuss your child’s specific goals and objectives, and show the team evidence and outside professional opinions that show that they are achievable.

“We are unable to allocate sufficient time or resources to address all of your concerns.”

Prioritize your more important concerns, and schedule a meeting to address these points first. Find a way to collaborate with the team and use the available resources in the most efficient way possible.

“It is not necessary for you to be involved in the decision-making process.”

Establish your right to actively participate in decisions concerning your child’s education. Emphasize your valuable insights and unique parental knowledge. Advocate for transparent communication, joint decision-making, and a collaborative approach that incorporates your viewpoints and concerns.

“Your child’s disability does not meet the criteria for additional support.”

Ask for an explanation of how the team determined the amount of support, and talk about how this disability impacts your child’s education (bring documentation and other evidence).

“We are unable to fulfill the request for assistive technology or accommodations due to budget constraints.”

Explore funding options or grants that could assist in acquiring necessary assistive technology or accommodations. Consider alternative, cost-effective solutions and emphasize the potential benefits these supports could bring to your child’s learning and participation. Request an evaluation for Assistive Technology to identify the specific technologies needed for your child to access education meaningfully.

“Your child’s behavior is causing disruptions, and we are contemplating disciplinary measures.”

Ask for a functional behavior assessment to better understand their behavior. Work with the team to develop a behavior plan for your child, as they are entitled to behavioral support within their IEP.

“We do not prioritize your child’s academic performance.”

Tell the team how important academic performance is for the future success of your child. Bring evidence of the positive impact that education has on your child, and find ways to meet behavioral as well as academic goals.

“We cannot give your child support for their social and emotional needs.”

Identify the specific social and emotional needs that remain unaddressed, stressing their critical role in your child’s development and educational journey. Work closely with the school team to explore alternative approaches or resources that can bolster their social and emotional health.

“We are unable to conduct the independent educational evaluation you requested.”

Understand your rights regarding independent educational evaluations, and discuss the importance of conducting an IEE for your child’s education.

“We lack the resources to train our staff adequately to meet your child’s needs.”

Stress about the importance of staff training to create a learning environment that supports your child’s education. Inquire about resources and opportunities that are external to the school.

Maya Murphy P.C. has proudly been included in the 2024 Edition of Best Law Firms®, ranked among the top firms in the nation. In addition, Managing Partner Joseph C. Maya has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for his work in Employment Law and Education Law in Connecticut. Recognition in Best Lawyers® is awarded to firms and attorneys who demonstrate excellence in the industry and is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

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If you have any questions or would like to speak to an attorney about a legal matter, please contact Joseph C. Maya and the other experienced attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. at (203) 221-3100 or to schedule a free initial consultation today.