Parental Engagement in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Background and History
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is the main federal program authorizing state and local aid for special education and related services for children with disabilities. IDEA requires states to provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to children with disabilities so that they can be educated to the greatest extent possible along with all other children. IDEA was created to help states and school districts meet their legal obligations to educate children with disabilities, and to pay part of the extra expenses of doing so. Today, approximately 6 million children currently receive special education services...
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