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David F. Bateman, Ph.D., is a professor at Shippensburg University in the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education where he teaches courses on special education law, assessment, and facilitating inclusion. He is a former due process hearing officer for Pennsylvania for over 580 hearings. He uses his knowledge of litigation relating to special education to assist school districts in providing appropriate supports for students with disabilities and to prevent and to recover from due process hearings. He has been a classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disability, and hearing impairments. Dr. Bateman earned a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Kansas. He has recently co-authored the following books: A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education, Charting the Course: Special Education in Charter Schools, Special Education Leadership: Building Effective Programming in Schools, and Current Trends and Issues in Special Education. He was also recently co-editor of a special issues of TEACHING Exceptional Children focusing on legally proficient IEPs.

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  1. Hello,
    I have used your text for years and now have the 5th edition in hard copy. how do i get access to the e-edition?
    Phil Weishaar
    Associate Professor in Special Education
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


  2. Does IDEA require districts to provide a draft of an eligibility report or a draft of an IEP? The school team prefers to discuss assessment results at the eligibility meeting rather than provide these before the meeting because of fear of misinterpretation and because it is the school’s responsibility to interpret these results. We have found it is best for the whole team to hear that information at the same time and answer questions for all to hear. Parents that have received results beforehand come in with their own interpretations and if they meet with the school psych before the meeting then they either want the school to just gloss over the results and not spend the time needed to clarify the info for all team members or they misunderstand some of the info presented by the school psych in the previous meeting and then claim the school has already made up their mind that the student qualifies or does not qualify. I understand that assessment results must be provided to the parent before an IEP meeting so that they can have meaningful participation but since we hold two different meetings the school feels that we should not have to provide assessment results before the eligibility meeting or be required to provide a draft of an eligibility report or a draft of an IEP especially when the parents has concerns that any decisions on goals are predetermined.


    • Hi Letha, The IDEA doesn’t require that school districts provide a draft of either report. You should look at your state’s laws, which may additional requirements. Sorry, it took so long to respond. I just came across your question. Mitch


      • Thank you. The advocate was stating that we were denying the parent meaningful participation. We were able to get support from the state department to show that presenting the evaluation results during a meeting was not denial of parent participation.


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