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Who Is On My Child’s IEP Team?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) calls for a team of individuals, including parents and school personnel, to work together to develop an Individual Educational Program (IEP) for a child who qualifies for special education services.
Because IEP decisions are made by a team rather than by any one individual, it’s important and helpful to understand the role of each member. While each person brings a different set of experiences, concerns, and skills to the table, you can expect that they all share a common goal: enabling the child to succeed in school and in life.
IEP Team Member of the Month:
The Representative of the Local Education Agency
(School District Administrator or Administrative Designee)
The school district representative is a required IEP team member. The individual must be licensed to provide or supervise special education and be knowledgeable about the general education curriculum and the availability of resources of the school district. In Minnesota, the child’s teacher may not serve in this capacity, although another member of the team who is otherwise qualified may also be designated to represent the district. The designated representative is frequently a special education director or coordinator or a school principal. In this role, the individual must have authority to commit the resources necessary to implement the plan agreed to by the IEP team.
The school district representative contributes to the IEP team in the following ways:
- Provides information regarding the array of services available in the school district.
- Represents the interests of the school district and school district personnel, including regular and special education.
- Commits agency resources to ensure that services in the IEP will be provided as agreed upon by the team.