Education Law

Special Education and the IDEA: FAQs

By E.A. Gjelten, Author and Editor
Answers to frequently asked questions about the rights of special ed students and their parents.

A federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) protects the rights of children with disabilities—and their parents—to special education. This important law and its companion regulations spell out detailed requirements for how public schools identify, evaluate, educate, and discipline special education students. If you have a child who might have a physical or mental disability (including a learning disability), you should know as much as you can about your rights under the IDEA and what you can do to ensure that the public school district provides the help your child needs to advance academically.

Read on for answers to some of the most common questions about special education and federal disability laws.

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