ERIC Number: ED408759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
How Beginning Teachers Can Defend IEP Decisions in a Due Process Hearing.
Weishaar, Mary Konya
This paper lists five principles to consider that will enable beginning teachers to defend Individualized Education Program (IEP) decisions for students with disabilities in due process hearings. The first principle urges teachers to consider placing children with disabilities in regular education with supplemental aids and services when making placement decisions. A four-factor balancing test is provided that asks teachers to consider the educational benefits of placing the child in a full-time education program, the non-academic benefits, the effect the child would have on the teacher and other students, and the placement's costs. The second and third principles state that decisions should be made in the child's best interests and should always be individualized, and that general education teachers who will have a child with a disability in his/her class should be fully aware of the nature and extent of the child's IEP. The fourth principle highlights the need for a full continuum of services to be available. The final principle urges teachers to use the IEP to document the placements considered, the rationales for rejection of placements, and the rationale for the recommended placement. Each of the principles includes a list of questions for self-assessment for compliance with the principle. (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (75th, Salt Lake City, UT, April 9-13, 1997).