ERIC Number: EJ710991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-1
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Parents and Litigation: Insights from a Special Education Law Clinic
Curtis, Steven E.
Phi Delta Kappan, v86 n7 p510 Mar 2005
Prior to the mid-1970s, over one million children with disabilities were excluded from the nation's schools. In 1975, as a result of intense litigation and advocacy, Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA, P.L. 94-142), now called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), mandating that public schools provide a free and appropriate education for students with disabilities. There are now over six million of these students in our public schools--well above 12% of the school population. When parents threaten to sue, it is time for a school to examine how well it is meeting the needs of special education students and their families, the author argues. His experiences with a cooperative project involving the School of Education and the School of Law at Seattle University helped him reach this insight.
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Special Needs Students, Disabilities, Court Litigation, Special Education, Public Schools, Laws
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001