Federal and state law obligate districts to provide parents with “prior notice” of two main types, general and specific. In SOC SELPA, general prior notice to parents is provided through the Parent Rights – Notice to Parent/Guardian/Surrogate (SOC 24). The purpose of the SOC 24 is to meet the legal mandate to fully inform parents of their rights under the IDEA and related state law. The federal law appears to have reduced the number of times when these rights must be given to parents. Parents must be given the rights annually, upon evaluation and when the parent files for due process hearing.