ERIC Number: ED468019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Catholic Schools and the Law of Special Education: A Reference Guide.
Russo, Charles J.; Massucci, Joseph D.; Osborne, Allan G., Jr.; Cattaro, Gerald M.
This reference guide examines special education, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and their implications for educators in Catholic schools. Chapters 1 through 4 look at special education, Section 504, and IDEA from a legal perspective. A brief history of special education is provided and several key court cases are discussed. The guide examines what Section 504 addresses and what must be done in compliance with it, including admissions examinations and standards as well as service plans. Ten key issues under IDEA are then addressed, including private and residential school placement, extended school year programs, related services, assistive technology, and discipline. Chapters 5 through 8 examine special education as it affects religiously affiliated non-public schools. In light of the 1997 IDEA amendments and the 1999 regulations, the guide addresses how these institutions fit within the laws requirements. Several key issues specifically facing Catholic school administrators are addressed, including working with parents and public school officials, providing staff development, and assessing the classroom setting. Appendices contain the United States Bishops statement on individuals with disabilities, selected relevant federal regulations, and a list of useful special education Web sites. (Contains 312 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Catholic Educators, Catholic Schools, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Disability Identification, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Private Schools, School Responsibility, Special Education, Student Placement
National Catholic Educational Association, 1077 30th St., NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20007-3852 ($19). Tel: 202-337-6232.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)