ERIC Number: EJ781209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
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Legal Options for Resolving Disputes in Special Education
Zirkel, Perry A.
Exceptional Parent, v37 n11 p48-49 Nov 2007
Since the mid-1970s, with the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act ("Sec. 504"), special education became highly legalized. Although it is universally agreed that the best way to avoid and resolve disputes is through informal communication and cooperation between parents and school officials, litigation and other legal activity for resolving disputes has increased significantly in the past 30+ years. Knowing what the alternative legal mechanisms are under the IDEA and Sec. 504 is useful for many reasons, including as leverage to promote informal resolution. This article describes legal options and procedures that parents and other caregivers can resort to for resolving disputes in special education under the IDEA and Sec. 504.
Descriptors: Caregivers, Disabilities, Court Litigation, Special Education, Civil Rights, State Departments of Education, Grievance Procedures, Individualized Education Programs
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)