The special education process is a collaboration between families and CMS. It is important for parents of children with disabilities to understand their rights throughout this process.
As stated in the Public Schools of North Carolina, Exceptional Children Division Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education: Notice of Procedural Safeguards, "The IDEA requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability a notice containing full explanation of the procedural safeguards (legal rights) available under the IDEA and the federal regulations." Additional information can be found at the US Department of Education's searchable website at http://idea.ed.gov/. You can view the Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education: Notice of Procedural Safeguards at these links:
This handbook is designed to support families with the understanding of the rights and
responsibilities specific to the special education process. Acronyms and terms often used in
special education and resources can be found in the appendices.
If, at any time, you suspect your student may have a disability and is in need of special education
and/or related services, you may request an evaluation, in writing, to your student’s school
principal, teacher, or the CMS EC Department on our Contact Information page.
Programs for Exceptional Children believes that collaboration between district staff and parents is the best way to make decisions related to the development of a student's IEP. From time to time, parents may wish to bring a representative to an IEP meeting, such as an advocate or attorney. Please notify the school or Exceptional Children Department in advance if you will be bringing an attorney to the meeting, as a school district attorney would also be required to be present at the meeting.
Please use the following link to access information from the North Carolina Exceptional Children Division regarding dispute resolution options. Please contact Corrine Turner at 980-343-6960 if you have any questions. Dispute Resolution Options.
From time to time, disagreements between families and schools may occur regarding the
development and implementation a student’s individualized education program (IEP). It is
highly recommended that the following steps be considered in order to resolve differences
Step 1- Address at the Classroom Level. Talk to your child's teacher about your concerns.
Step 2- Address at the School Level. Talk with the administration at your child's school.
Step 3- Address with Assistance from CMS Programs for Exceptional Children. Please contact Elaine Jones, EC Parent Liaison, via email at email@example.com or via phone at 980-343-6960. Elaine will ensure that your concern is addressed in a timely manner by the person in the department who will best be able to support you.