As an SESPP volunteer you have the same rights and authority of a parent as outlined in Massachusetts regulations (603 CMR Chapter 28) and the Federal regulations (IDEA 2004).
These include, but are not limited to:
- Access to all regular and special education records of the student, including all progress reports and report cards.
- Provide written permission for special education evaluations.
- Review all education evaluations.
- Attend all special education Team meetings.
- Request a Team meeting when there are concerns or changes regarding your student's academic, social or emotional status.
- Observe your student in his or her school setting to assist in determining the appropriate educational supports and placement(s).
- View educational placements that are being considered.
- Review and accept or reject the proposed Individualized Education Program (IEP), in whole or in part, within the 30-day time frame.
- File a complaint if you feel that the education laws or regulations, or a student's rights are violated.
- Pursue the appeals process, if necessary.