ERIC Number: ED445446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
The 1997 Reauthorization of IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. NCERI Bulletin, Spring 1998.
Gartner, Alan; Lipsky, Dorothy Kerzner
This bulletin on the 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reviews ten provisions of the Act that support inclusive education, including: (1) language in the "Findings" section of the law that states the education of students with disabilities can be made more effective by having high expectations for students and ensuring their success in the general education curriculum; (2) a requirement that in the referral process schools give consideration to factors other than disability that may be affecting a student's performance; (3) a requirement that a general education teacher be on the Individualized Education Program team; (4) a requirement that a decision to exclude a student from general education must be justified; (5) a requirement that special education students be taught the general curriculum, not a separate special education curriculum; (6) a requirement that states establish performance goals for students with disabilities; (7) an end to the stricture that the use of special education funds may have only "incidental benefits" for general education students; (8) enhanced rights of parents; (9) funds for personnel preparation of general educators; and (10) a requirement that states funding formulas be placement neutral. (CR)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Inclusive Schools, Individualized Education Programs, Referral, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, Student Placement
National Center on Educational Structuring and Inclusion, The Graduate School and University Center, 33 W. 42 St., New York, NY 10036 (single copies free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. National Center on Educational Restructuring and Inclusion.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997