The MLO Minute: One of the most important rights under federal special education law is to obtain, at public expense, an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) where the school district or charter school fails to adequately evaluate a child in all areas of disability. When a parent requests an IEE at public expense from a school district or charter school, the school has only two options: (1) agree to fund the requested IEE; or (2) request a due process hearing to “defend” the appropriateness of the schools most recent evaluation. In most cases that we handle on behalf of children with disabilities where we believe that the school’s evaluation was legally inadequate, the district or charter school typically agrees to our request for an IEE at public expense to be conducted by independent evaluators of our choosing. These evaluators could include a psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist (speech/language, occupational, physical), and/or a behavior management specialist. The district or charter school cannot unreasonably limit the choices of these professionals by our clients.