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Special Education Conditions of Assistance

IDEA -2004

The federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), was reauthorized in December of 2004 and came fully into effect on July 1, 2005. The reauthorized act continues to emphasize the need to provide appropriate educational services to students with disabilities in order to improve educational results for these students.

Partnerships Improving Educational Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

IDEA-2004 continues to emphasize the role of parents and expands opportunities for parents, general educators, and special educators to work together in partnerships that support student learning and the success of students in adult life.

LEA Compliance

Every Local Educational Agency (LEA) must maintain the documentation named in each element of the Special Education Program Plan Statement to demonstrate compliance with IDEA-2004 at the local level.


Last Updated: July 20, 2023

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