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ERIC Number: EJ1004801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9487
The Legal Dimension of RTI--Confusion Confirmed: A Response to Walker and Daves
Zirkel, Perry A.
Learning Disability Quarterly, v35 n2 p72-75 May 2012
In this issue of "Learning Disability Quarterly" (LDQ), Professors Daves and Walker reply to my earlier LDQ article on confusion in the cases and commentary about the legal dimension of RTI. In this brief rejoinder, I show that their reply confirms rather than resolves the confusion in their original commentary in 2010. This persistent problem appears to be largely attributable to lack of accuracy and precision in examining and evaluating the law--including the legislation, regulations, court decisions, and administrative rulings--as distinct from the lore--including their particular professional perceptions and recommendations. For example, they confuse the specific scope and requirements for RTI in the IDEA with the more generic, long-standing practice of general education interventions. Indeed, their response inadvertently compounds the confusion by less than careful and complete interpretation and citation of various legal sources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)