What Does the Law Say?

Zirkel, Perry A.
May 2007
Teaching Exceptional Children;May/Jun2007, Vol. 39 Issue 5, p65
Academic Journal
The author, a U.S. professor of education and law at Lehigh University, explains legal aspects of topics in the issue. With regard to the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), he clarifies states' choice in determining the method to be used in identifying a child with a specific learning disability (SLD) and school's responsibilities with regard to special education evaluations. He discusses one author's call for federal guidance in "due process procedures" for identifying students with special needs. Other topics include the force of law behind IDEA "regulatory guidance, educational law's regulation of "full and individual" multidisciplinary evaluation, and IDEA's provision permitting use of funds for "prevention of reading difficulties."


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