Special Ed teacher failed to do an educational plan (IEP) by due date. The student's mother complained before the department chairperson, who does not let the teacher talking, so offers to do the doc, without collecting student data accordingly. The chairpers
ignored the teacher's apologies to the mother and called the principal. The mother screamed over the teacher. At the following day, teacher is called to main office to sign the IEP. She refuses objecting, "I cannot sign as responsible for a doc I didn't produce." Chairpers called Principal who stated, "You have to sign it and be thankful she did it." Teacher argued for obvious reasons and held the doc to review it. Principal threatened teacher to start paper work against her if not signing, prohibiting teacher to check the doc.
Your question is better addressed to your shop steward and/or union attorney. This question is more related to employment law, than education law. I have re-posted your question there.
Legally? You are not signing that you created the document. You are signing that the school accepts the document and will use it. Remember, courts can force this on you when you and the parent don't agree. Signing for the school does not indicate you prepared it. It indicates that you accept responsibility for it. And that is in fact the essence of your job - you are responsible for ALL IEPs whether you created them, the courts did, a parent did, or the previous district did, regardless of whether you agree or not. That's the law - you are responsible to enforce any IEP.
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