Monday, January 03, 2005

What the New IDEA Means in 2005

With President Bush's signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, parents of public school children with disabilities can look forward to some much needed improvements. The links below are sources for more information about the new IDEA, but here are some of the highlights: children do not need to meet the "IQ score discrepancy" to qualify for special interventions or services (this helps twice exceptional / gifted LD students or students with behavioral problems who test well), school officials cannot force parents to medicate their children as a prerequisite for attending school, some of the paperwork burden of special education will be reduced, funding will be allocated to teach teachers in positive behavioral supports, and school that fail to comply with the IDEA may lose federal money.

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