It is very important to reiterate parents of children with special needs do have rights when it comes to their child’s education. This list comes courtesy of the website Special Education Advisor. Remember, just because a school says "No," doesn't mean it can't be done.
10. Parents have the right to request that their child be assessed for Special Education without delay.
9. Parents have the right to list all of their concerns in their child's Individualized Education Program, or IEP.
8. Parents have a right to request a new IEP meeting be held within 30 days of a written request when an IEP is already in place.
7. Parents have the right to participate in the IEP meeting and have their opinions heard and noted.
6. Parents have the right to bring any person to an IEP meeting with knowledge of the child or the child’s disability, including advocates and attorneys.
5. Parents have the right to review and receive copies of their child’s educational records.
4. Parents have the right to consent, refuse to consent or revoke consent for special education for their child.
3. Parents have the right to receive Prior Written Notice when a school district proposes a change in a child’s placement or refuses a parent’s request.
2. Parents have the right to ask for an Independent Educational Evaluation at public expense when they disagree with the school district’s assessments.
1. Parents have the right to file complaints, including state complaints and due process complaints, and disagree with parts or all of the IEP.