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School district's failure to provide assessment data to parents is a denial of FAPE

On October 1, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals re-affirmed the important and critical role parents play in the IEP and evaluation process. In M.M. v. Lafayette School District, the 9th Circuit found the District violated the IDEA by not sharing assessment data with parents before finding a student eligible for special education. The Court noted: “A core principle throughout the IDEA is meaningful participation by parents and informed parental consent, making the parents an integral part of the team that determines both whether the child is a child with a disability and the content of the child's IEP. See 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400(c)(5)(B), 1414(a)(1)(D), 1414(b)(4)(A); 34 C.F.R. § 300.306(a)

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