Individualized Education Program (IEP)

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The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the vehicle for the delivery of special education.

School districts create an IEP for each disabled student through a cooperative process involving student's parents and school officials, who form an "IEP team." While a parent has the absolute right to participate in the IEP process and a school district cannot engage in conduct that seriously hampers that right, a violation of IDEA does not exist simply because an IEP does not reflect or include a parent's desires or wishes.

Parents, no matter how well-meaning, do not have a right to compel a school district to provide a specific program or employ a specific methodology in providing education for a disabled student. (Rowley, supra, at p. 208; Student v. Corona-Norco Unified School District (2005) California OAH Case No. 2005070169.)

However, a school district must develop an IEP that is reasonably calculated to provide the student with educational benefit. What is reasonable under the circumstances is a fact-dependent inquiry. 

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