Columbia parent welcomes IEP recordings law

Parents of kids with special needs will probably be able to record meetings with school officials soon.

State lawmakers passed that bill on Thursday. Governor Parson just needs to sign the measure into law.

Columbia parent and advocate Robyn Schelp says on Wake Up Columbia the recordings help families better understand a complicated individualized educational plan (IEP).

“Nobody can come up with how it impacts students poorly. It only benefits students, and it significantly benefits students and families.”

Most school districts don’t allow the recordings, pointing to privacy issues and other concerns. The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education just rejected the recordings again on Monday. This new law would change that.

“[The CPS board] voted based on fear, not based on what is best for the student,” Schelp said.

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