54-366 Special Education Law

This course is designed for intensive investigation and/or study of special education law and policy.  Since the passage of the Education of All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (94-142), and its reauthorization, IDEA 1990, 1994 and 1997, the rights of students with disabilities have expanded.  LEA's, SEA's and parents have frequently been in conflict over these rights.  To provide effective educational leadership in a complex society, the professional must understand what the law requires; understand how to exercise wisely the discretion of the law; and understand how legal disputes can be shaped to advance policy objectives.