Special Education Components

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Special Education Law Review
Audra Haines
Ashford University
Survey of the Exceptional Child
631
Stacy Roberts
April 09, 2013

Special Education Law Review
The reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law on Dec. 3, 2004, by President George W. Bush. ("IDEA," 2004) This particular piece of legislation has gone the distance to protect student education through the development of six principals. The following principals are “zero-rejection, nondiscriminatory evaluation, appropriate education, least restrictive environment, procedural due process, parental and student participation” (Turnbull, Turnbull, & Wehmeyer, 2010, p. 12). These all important aspects of special education were signed into law by George W. Bush. Essentially these students aren’t just receiving individual education plans with goals but beyond. Our nation’s history of cruelty, and discrimination towards persons with disabilities made these laws necessary. Each principal of IDEA has a main function. For example zero-rejection prohibits schools from rejecting a student based on a disability. The premise, a free and appropriate education must be given to the child regardless of the severity of the disability (Turnbull, Turnbull, & Wehmeyer, 2010). Next, nondiscriminatory evaluation, meaning a student must be fairly tested to determine eligibility and then if the child is eligible she must receive special education governed by IDEA. Another principal listed is appropriate education as mentioned above. Every student in special education has the right to a free and appropriate education. This law ensures that personal needs of the individual are met with regard to education and this is where the IEP comes into play (Turnbull, Turnbull, & Wehmeyer, 2010). In addition, least restrictive environment (LRE) measures were added to the law. LRE means that kids with disabilities have a right to be educated with their normal developing peers...
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