Procedural Safeguards


Prior Written Notice is a Powerful Tool When Skillfully Used

by Jeff Martin, Esq.

Essentially, IDEA 2004 requires the IEP team to formally and logically accept or reject any suggestions or requests that an IEP team member makes. (34 C.F.R. § 300.503.) As parents, we are members of the IEP team!

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Parental Consent and IEPs: Important Changes to Maryland Law

Presented by Leslie Seid Margolis, Managing Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland
January 29, 2018

In July, a new Maryland law took effect to expand the rights of parents in the special education process—the right to consent or refuse to consent to certain actions proposed by the IEP team. In order to prepare parents for IEP discussions where parental consent may be requested, Leslie Seid Margolis explains the new law to parents,


Changes in Maryland Law Regarding Parental Consent in the IEP Process

Disability Rights Maryland

The Special Education Fact Sheet from Disability Rights Maryland provides guidance to parents so they can make better, informed decisions before signing the new consent prepared in the technical bulletin from MSDE.

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Endrew Decision Creates Important New Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

from The Bazelon Center

The Supreme Court’s March 2017 decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District announced a new and more demanding standard for educating students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Parental Consent Under Maryland Law

Maryland State Department of Education DSE/EIS Technical Assistance Bulletin
August 31, 2017

On April 10, 2017, the Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 710, which amended Education Article §8-405(f) to require that an individualized education program (IEP) team must obtain the written consent of a parent


Basic Special Education Rights: A Legal Tour of the “Parental Rights Handbook”

Presented by Leslie Margolis, Maryland Disability Law Center, on Oct. 27, 2014. Learn more about the rights discussed in the “Parental Rights Handbook” (blue book) offered at each IEP meeting. What rights do parents have in regard to written notice, consent, evaluations,


Five-Day Rule

Maryland law (HB 596) requires school personnel to provide parents with an accessible copy of each assessment, report, data chart, draft Individualized Education Program (IEP), or other document(s) the IEP team or other multidisciplinary education team plans to discuss at that meeting at least five (5) business days before the scheduled meeting. It also requires school personnel to provide parents an accessible copy of the completed IEP not later than five (5) business days after the scheduled meeting.


Parental Rights: A Companion Guide to the Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice–Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program

A companion brochure specific to the Infants and Toddlers Program is also available from the Maryland State Department of Education. This brochure is part of Maryland’s Birth Through Five Parent Information Series–a collection of publications designed to support families in the early intervention and education of birth through five system of service. All guides are available from the local (Howard County Public School System) Infants and Toddlers Program: 410-313-7017.


Parental Rights: The Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice

The procedural safeguards notice includes a full explanation of your rights in an easily understandable manner and in your native language. This procedural safeguards notice applies to children and families receiving services through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and also to children/students receiving services through an Individualized Education Program (IEP).