Special Education Law for Leaders and Administrators of Special Education

Authored by: Mitchell L. Yell , Susan S. Thomas , Antonis Katsiyannis

Handbook of Leadership and Administration for Special Education

Print publication date:  June  2012
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415872805
eBook ISBN: 9780203837313
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869693

10.4324/9780203837313.ch5

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Abstract

The effective implementation and supervision of special education programs requires that special education administrators possess (a) a thorough understanding of special education laws and (b) the ability to implement programs in a manner that is consistent with these laws. In this chapter we briefly review the primary federal law that is of special importance to special education administrators: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We also provide guidance to administrators in developing and implementing special education programs that are educationally appropriate and legally sound, with an emphasis on avoiding legal errors. Prior to examining the laws and their importance, we turn to a discussion of the various aspects of law and how they affect the administration of special education programs.

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