Bring Someone with You
Do I have to go to the meeting alone, or can I bring someone to help me?
You may enlist someone to attend the meeting with you — a good friend, a relative, or an education advocate. IEP and 504 meetings are tough on parents, sometimes leaving them in tears. It’s good to have an ally who can take careful notes: “Mrs. Smith said such and such” or “Mr. Jones said this and this.” Otherwise, you will forget some important points. You have the right to tape-record the meeting, but you should understand that making the request sometimes makes school officials defensive.