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Special Education Law

IEP compliance issues noted after school has leftover grant funds

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2021 | IEP |

Children with special education needs often benefit from an individualized approach to learning. In many cases, California students and those elsewhere who have a more difficult time keeping up with traditional methods of learning are able to use an individualized education program (IEP) tailored to their unique educational needs and goals. While this may seem like an ideal situation, compliance issues are known to happen.

It was recently reported that a school district in another state received a noncompliance complaint from the state’s Department of Education after a review of federal grand funds. The department believes that the district had substantial funds left over from 2020 and believes that the district is not using grant funds properly. The report noted that over $14 million went unused last year and that the majority of those funds were meant to support special education programs for students with disabilities.

One mother stated that the issues do not come as a surprise to her as she has had to fight for her child’s proper education. Her son has an IEP, but she has had to file at least three compliance complaints against the school. She believes problems stem from the following issues:

  • A lack of training for teachers and schools
  • A lack of compassion for students with special needs
  • A lack of compliance with IEPs meant to help children with special needs

When properly implemented, an IEP can be incredibly effective, allowing students with learning struggles to access their educational curriculum. When compliance issues arise, parents can feel helpless as their children fall behind due to not receiving appropriate special education supports and services. If California parents find themselves struggling with these concerns, looking into their legal options may be warranted.