Federal Law and Regulations

IDEA 2004

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) ensures that all children with disabilities have a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and that the rights of such children and their parents are protected. It also aligns to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

IDEA 2004 focuses on improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities and expanding opportunities to reduce disagreements between schools and parents.

Federal Law and Regulations
  • Nov24

    Department of Education Releases New Guidance on Learning Disabilities

    In response to communications from stakeholders, including parents, advocacy groups, and national disability organizations, who believe that State and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) are reluctant to reference or use the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in evaluations, eligibility determinations, or in developing the individualized education program (IEP) under the IDEA, the Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague letter released October 23, 2015. In the letter, Michael Yudin, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services clarified that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of those terms for the aforementioned purposes. Read More…

  • Jun25

    Justice Department releases primer on ADA Title II

    The U.S. Department of Justice recently released the Americans With Disabilities Act Title II Primer which includes guidelines for understanding and complying with ADA requirements. Read More…

  • Jun25

    New Publication Released on Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS)

    The IDEA Data Center recently released a technical assistance document that focuses on helping State Education Agencies and Local Education Agencies better understand CEIS and its reporting requirements. The document, Navigating Coordinated Early Intervening Services White Paper, provides examples of various data collection and reporting methods that states use to collect and report CEIS data. Read More…

  • Jun05

    Notice of Rule Change Regarding Special Education Funding Maintenance of Effort

    The U.S. Department of Education issued a notice regarding a final rule change in the Federal Register on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The notice defines how LEAs are expected to comply with the section of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that regulates special education spending. Read More…

  • Feb03

    Requirements for Offering Single-Sex Classes

    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance for K-12 schools that offer or want to offer single-sex classes. Read More…

  • Feb03

    Providing Quality Education Services to America’s Confined Youth

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a Correctional Education Guidance Package aimed at helping states and local agencies strengthen the quality of education services provided to America’s estimated 60,000 young people in confinement every day. Read More…

  • Feb03

    Rights of Students with Communication Disorders

    The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, together with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, issued joint guidance about the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities to effective communication. Read More…

  • Feb03

    Q&A on Services during Extended Absence Related to Exposure to Ebola Virus

    The risk of exposure to Ebola in the United States is exceedingly low. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines on actions to be implemented by school officials, in close consultation with public health authorities, to further reduce the risk of Ebola transmission in schools. Read More…

  • Feb03

    Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High-Quality Education

    The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released joint guidance reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential. Read More…

  • Dec10

    New Guidance Issued for Equitable Education

    In order to move America toward the goal of ensuring that every student in every public school has equitable access to excellent educators, the U. S. Department of Education has released draft guidance titled State Plans to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators: Frequently Asked Questions. This guidance is intended to help each SEA prepare a comprehensive state plan that meets the requirements of Title I, Part A of the ESEA and helps ensure that all students have equitable access to excellent educators. Read More…