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Optional IDEA alternative dispute resolution.

This In-Depth Policy Analysis is the result of findings based on a survey sent to all special education units of state education agencies. The survey requested information about the use of 10 alternative dispute resolution processes not specifically required under IDEA, the extent of their use, and...Learn more

Parents may self-represent in IDEA cases.

The author presents the results of Winkelman v. Parma City School District. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parents may represent their children in special education disputes without hiring an attorney.Learn more

Postsecondary Transition Under IDEA 2004: A Legal Update

Abstract Postsecondary transition planning for students with disabilities first entered the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1990. The required provisions for transition planning were updated with the amendments to IDEA in 1997 and its reauthorization in 2004. Since IDEA 2004...Learn more

Predictors of parents perception toward the IEP meeting

UMI Number: 3507702 [Abstract] "In the field of educational leadership, as well as special education, parental participation is paramount given that federal law has mandated that schools provide and show evidence that they foster parental participation. This quantitative, non-experimental study...Learn more

Preparing Special Education Teachers to Collaborate With Families

Positive family–school–community relationships are associated with student success. Creating successful relationships with parents is an important but difficult task for teachers to master. Therefore, teacher candidates need opportunities to learn how to develop collaborative relationships with...Learn more

Recent Legal Developments of Interest to Special Educators

[Abstract] An overview is provided of five recent legal developments that merit special attention of special educators: (a) the amended Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) regulations concerning parental consent, including subsequent agency interpretations concerning...Learn more