In Illinois, IEP's are Individualized Education Plans, not sure if they are the same in New Jersey. Either way, making a recording without the consent of the other parties can often lead to problems. If this truly deals with a school, they are required to provide you with a copy of the IEP and any notes that they may take.
You need to contact a school law attorney . This is criminal forum.
New Jersey Administrative Code for special education (N.J.A.C. 6A:14) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) are laws that ensure children with disabilities a free, appropriate public edu cation in the least restrictive environment. An important part of these laws provides parents with the right to participate in their children’s education.
You and representatives of your school district are team members who are responsible for developing an appropriate edu cational program for your child. This document will describe the state and federal laws affecting the provision of special education to help you understand your rights in the special education process. With this knowledge, you will be prepared to take an active role in your child’s education.
This document has been developed for you by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, in an effort to provide the most comprehensive and uptodate information. The document is periodically revised to reflect changes in the law, provide additional information that would be of use to you, and to provide the information in a more clear and concise manner.
If you need additional help in understanding your rights, contact information for the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), Disability Rights New Jersey (DRNJ), the County Offices of the New Jersey Department of Education and your local school district,
DECISIONMAKING AND PARTICIPATION IN MEETINGS
How are decisions made about my child’s special education needs?
Decisions regarding your child’s special education needs are made at meetings. As the parent of a child who has or may have a disability, you have the right to participate in meetings regarding:
■ Identification (decision to evaluate);
■ Evaluation (nature and scope of assessment procedures);
■ Classification (determination of whether your child is eligible for special edu cation and related services);
■ Development and review of your child’s individualized education program (IEP);
■ Educational placement of your child; and
■ Reevaluation of your child.
You are considered a member of the multidisciplinary team of qualified persons who meet to make these determinations and develop your child’s individualized education program (IEP).
1When writing to the school district about special education issues, you may write to the school prin cipal, director of special education, child study team supervisor, case manager or other appropri ate school official.
2This time frame excludes school holidays, but does not exclude summer vacation.
New Jersey Department of Education
Parental Rights in
You have the right to:
■ Have an interpreter, translator or sign language interpreter provided by the school at no cost to you, when necessary;
■ Participate in required meetings through other means such as individual or conference tele phone calls or videoconferencing if you cannot attend in person; and
■ Receive a copy of the evaluation reports(s), documentation and information that will be used for a determination of eligibility not less than 10 calendar days prior to the eligibility meeting.
Must all members of the IEP team attend IEP team meetings?
All required members of the IEP team must attend all meetings of the IEP team unless you pro vide written consent to excuse a required member of the IEP team. There are two circumstances when a school district may request your consent to excuse a member of the IEP team from a meeting:
■ If a required IEP team member’s area is not being discussed3, the school district may ask for your written consent to have that member of the team excused from part of the meeting or from the entire meeting. The request for consent must be sent with the notice of the meet ing. If you agree that the team member may be excused, you must sign the request for con sent and return it to the school. ...
This is not legal advice nor intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information provided here is informational in nature only. Consult and hire a NJ Certified attorney asap.
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