The IDEA was amended in 1997 to provide related services (accommodations) to children in the general education curriculum. Previously, the law did not specifically incorporate disabled students within general education classrooms. The IDEA now mandates improving teaching and learning by specific focus on the Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) as the primary means of developing a child’s involvement in the general curriculum to the greatest extend possible.
The IDEA was again amended in 2004. IDEA 2004 contains a number of procedural and substantive changes and brings the IDEA into compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).
The IDEA 2004 statutory language states “Over 30 years of research and experience has demonstrated that the education of children with disabilities can be made more effective by… having high expectations for such children and ensuring their access in the general curriculum to the maximum extent possible.” 20 U.S.C. § 1400(5)(A).
Civil Rights. IDEA is a “grant statute” that creates civil rights.
Substantive Protections. The IDEA requires:
Procedure Protections. Procedural Protections of the IDEA include:
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