Parental Rights in Special Education (PRISE)

Students with disabilities are protected under federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as state law. These laws require school districts to provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible students. This means that children with disabilities are entitled to special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs. If parents believe that their child may need special education services, they can request that the local school district evaluate the child. Parents then become members of a team that will make decisions about the student's education through the creation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Parents' input and role in this process are important since they are involved in determining what action will be taken to address their child's needs. DOE has developed a booklet to assist parents in understanding their role and rights under the law so they can advocate for their child. The publication, Parental Rights in Special Education (PRISE) , is available in multiple languages through local schools district or DOE's Web site.