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  161.850.  Publication to be produced, purpose, content — copy to be provided to parents — rulemaking authority. — 1.  By January 1, 2010, the department of elementary and secondary education shall develop and produce a publication entitled "The Parents' Bill of Rights" that shall be designed to inform parents of children with an individualized education program of their educational rights provided under federal and state law.  The content of the publication shall not confer any right or rights beyond those conferred by federal or state law and shall state that it is for informational purposes only.  The department shall post a copy of this publication on its website.  The publication shall contain the department's contact information.

  2.  The publication shall contain, but may not be limited to, the following general information presented in a clear and concise manner and the department shall ensure the content is consistent with legal interpretations of existing federal and state law and provides equitable treatment of all disability groups and interests:

  (1)  The right of parents to attend individualized education program meetings and represent their child's interests;

  (2)  The right of parents to have an advocate or expert present at an individualized education program meeting;

  (3)  The right of parents to receive a copy of the child's evaluation and to disagree with its results and request one independent educational evaluation at public expense;

  (4)  The right of parents to provide a written report from outside sources as part of the evaluation process;

  (5)  The right of parents to examine all school records pertaining to the child and be provided with a copy of the individualized education program;

  (6)  The right of parents to disagree with the decision of the school district and the individualized education program team and to pursue complaint procedures, including a child complaint filed with the department of elementary and secondary education, state-paid mediation, and other due process rights;

  (7)  The right of parents with a child with an individualized education program to participate in reviews of such program, participate in any decision to change any aspects of the individualized education program, and meet with school officials whenever a change occurs in their child's education program or classroom placement;

  (8)  The right of a child to be placed in the least restrictive environment and be placed in a general education classroom, to the greatest extent appropriate;

  (9)  The right of parents with limited English language proficiency to request an accommodation to provide effective communications;

  (10)  The right of parents to have a free appropriate public education for their child with an individualized education program designed to meet their child's unique needs, which may include, but not be limited to, special education and related services such as assistive technology devices and services, transportation, speech pathology services, audiology services, interpreting services, psychological services, including behavioral interventions, physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreation, including therapeutic recreation, early identification and assessment of disabilities in children, counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling, orientation and mobility services, school health services, school nurse services, social work services, parent counseling and training, and medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes.

  3.  Each school district shall provide the parent or parents of a child with a copy of this publication upon determining that a student qualifies for an individualized education program, and at any such time as a school district is required under state or federal law to provide the parent or parents with notice of procedural safeguards.

  4.  The department of elementary and secondary education shall review and revise the content of the publication as necessary to ensure the content accurately summarizes current federal and state law and shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this section, including but not limited to the manner in which the publication described in this section shall be distributed.

  5.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2009, shall be invalid and void.


(L. 2009 S.B. 291)

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