Rachel, an 11-year old child with moderate mental retardation was being placed in all special education classes. Rachel’s parents on the other hand wanted Rachel to be educated in the general education classroom as they believed that interaction with non-disabled peers would have provided Rachel with social and educational benefits.
The court finally ruled in favor of Rachel’s parents considering that the general education placement was apposite. The court determined three things:
Knowledge is power and this holds especially true when the power in question is related to your child’s special education program. All of us with children having Learning Disabilities (LD) cannot be lawyers; however, a general understanding of the law, as Rachel’s parents did, to become better apostles for your children is no rocket science to know. Similarly any Special Education Instructor needs a lot to know about the law to tackle difficulty situations that they come across in this challenging career.
Let us have a quick peek into the Special Education Law related facts and information. The special education law starts in Congress. Congress and each state make laws (called codes), and then the courts interpret the law when they decide “cases.” The school district policy should always be in accordance with the federal and state codes.
Special education law mandates that every eligible child receive FAPE. Wondering what FAPE is? FAPE stands for “Free and Appropriate Public Education”. FAPE allows parents to participate in developing their child’s “Individualized Education Program” (“IEP”) to ensure that their child receives an “appropriate” education. One of the important concepts to know is that of Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) wherein IDEA ( Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) mandates that students with disabilities be educated with children without disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate and that students with disabilities be removed to separate classes or schools only when the nature or severity of their disabilities is such that they cannot receive an appropriate education in a general education classroom with supplementary aids and services. Another concept, Independent Educational Evaluations(IEE),is defined by the Federal law as "an evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the public agency responsible for the education of the child in question."
Whenever a disagreement over the IEP reaches a deadlock, the law intervenes to resolving the disagreement. Parents often use the law to protect their child’s rights; however, a school district is also permitted to resort to law to support its IEP recommendations or to make a change in a child’s program without any parental consent. In whatsoever milieu, the most important consideration is that the party bringing the action must prove by a preponderance of evidence that the child’s program is, or is not, appropriate. On the other hand, the education law 3214 states that pupil who is insubordinate or disorderly or violent or disruptive, or whose conduct otherwise endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others may be suspended from required attendance upon instruction. There is another law in effect form May 2010 where New York State passed Education Law 3012-c, mandating significant changes to how educators throughout NY State are evaluated and supported.
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