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Is a parent entitled to a written transcript of an IEP meeting that was recorded?

Are there any court decisions out there on the issue of whether a parent has the right to a “written transcript” of a recorded IEP meeting? Or is it left up to each party to transcribe a recording? How can a parent get a transcript instead of just an audio copy?

Dear Julia:

As a general matter, you have a right to a copy of whatever means of record keeping was used at the IEP meeting. Your right to the tape is because it is a part of your child’s school record, not because there is a special rule entitling you to a written transcript of the recording of the meeting.

However, you should consult your state’s special education and privacy/taping laws and regulations to see if there are any state-specific rules in this regard.

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