Special Education Laws and Legislation

There are two primary laws that protect and guarantee children with learning disabilities the rights to a public education: Individuals with Disability Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. IDEA provides individual educational services to ensure that the child has access to and benefits from the general curriculum. Section 504 requires schools to eliminate barriers that would prevent the student from participating fully in the programs.

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  • 11.

    Legal Challenges Based on IDEA

    Although IDEA has resulted in dramatic increases in the number of students receiving special education services and in...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
  • 12.

    Know Your Legal Rights in Gifted Education

    Gifted preschool, elementary, and secondary school children have very limited protections under state and federal laws....

    Source: Educational Resource Information Center (U.S. Department of Education)
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    Who Is Served Under IDEA?

    Students served by IDEA are distributed among 13 disability categories. Following is a brief description of each...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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    Section 504 and IDEA Comparison Chart

    School can be a stressful environment for the child and a time of vulnerability. Appropriate accommodations and...

    Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities
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    Six Major Principles of IDEA

    This article describes the six main principles behind IDEA and how they support the rights of all children to acquire a...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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    A New Supreme Court Judge: Will It Affect Schools?

    Some are welcoming Sotomayor's confirmation, while others are concerned that she might bring to her new position a...