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ERIC Number: ED417535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A New IDEA: A Parent's Guide to the Changes in Special Education Law for Children with Disabilities.
Seltzer, Tammy
This guide for parents explains the changes in the federal special education law resulting from the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Changes related to the parent's role in decisions about the child's education and in how schools can discipline special education students are highlighted. A question-and-answer format is generally used throughout the guide. After a section summarizing the importance of parental involvement, the next section considers such topics as eligibility under IDEA, disagreements with the school regarding testing, and re-testing requirements. Following a section on the parent's role in the placement decision, a section on writing the Individualized Education Program (IEP) offers tips for parent participation in IEP meetings, members of the IEP team, and placement decisions. The section on disciplining students is explained in questions and answers on suspension of 10 days or less, requirements if the child is suspended for longer than 10 days, the requirement that schools conduct a "manifestation determination" (which determines whether the child's behavior was caused by or related to the disability), misbehavior involving weapons or drugs, and placement in an Interim Alternative Educational Setting. The final two sections summarize parental rights and identify related laws. Contains a listing of "words to know" and resources.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, 1101 15th Street, N.W., Suite 1212, Washington, DC 20005-5002; telephone: 202-467-5730; TDD: 202-467-4232; Fax: 202-223-0409; e-mail:; World Wide Web:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997