Common Core presents consistently implemented education standards for students to excel in curriculum ranging from math to English language. However, as Mary Hyink discovered, applying Common Core standards for special education students poses a few challenges. Mary teaches math to 6th grade students that include special needs children who benefit from federal special education laws. […]

Many special education students require prescribed medications to help learn the same curriculum taught to general education students. Prescribed medications for learning disorders such as ADHD requires monitoring to ensure students remain healthy. As the result of an increasing number of special education students integrating into the general student classroom, states and the federal government […]

In 1982, the United States Supreme Court hand down its first and most important legal interpretation of the landmark Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Board of Education v. Rowley settled several unclear legal doctrines, including the clarification of what “free and appropriate education” (FAPE) means. The Meaning of Free and Appropriate Education The Supreme […]

When it was time for Janice Payton to enroll her special need daughter in an elementary school, the mother of five was concerned about the education accommodations offered by the school. “I had no idea at the time that my daughter was eligible to receive special accommodations for her learning disability,” said Janice during an […]

Special education laws at the state and federal level give special needs children and their parents numerous legal rights. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) represents the legal backbone for federal special education law. An Overview of IDEA IDEA mandates school districts must test or assess the special education needs of eligible children. Parents have […]

After a few years struggling in the education system, your child displays several learning disabilities that require the implementation of special education services. You have requested to have your child placed in a special education program to enhance the learning environment and the school has approve the request. What comes next is the process called […]

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), about five percent of American school-age children have received an ADHD diagnosis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts the percentage of ADHD school-age children at more than 11 percent. Regardless of the actual percentage, one question poses several issues for both parents and educators. Are […]

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Shortly after the passage of IDEA in 1975, many special education professional began to refer to the protections guaranteed under the landmark law as the “Special Education Bill of Rights.” The historically significant special education law contains many provisions that help parents and their special needs children. In honor of our Founding Fathers, let’s review […]

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With the passage of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal government clearly created legal guidelines that help children with special needs to achieve academic success. However, the landmark special education law leaves plenty of room for states to implement different and additional legal standards that bolster the learning environment for children with […]

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Parents and educators collaborate to design Individual Education Plans (IEP) to meet the unique needs of children that qualify for special education learning. The question for parents is what an IEP has to include to meet the legal guidelines created bv the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Present Level of Educational Performance A Present […]