Legal Guidelines
 


Addressing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Overrepresentation in Special Education: Guidelines for Parents
This article discusses how overrepresentation can be identified and monitored and provides detailed guidelines for culturally and linguistically diverse parent involvement in the special education process.
Authors: Alfredo Artiles and Beth Harry
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems

Addressing Discrimination in School Matters
This document discusses safeguarding students’ rights to learn and fighting discrimination in schools.
Authors: Amanda L. Sullivan
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Equity Alliance at Arizona State University

Communicating with Your Child’s School Through Letter Writing
This Parent’s Guide will help you in writing to the professionals involved in your child’s special education. Background information for legal guidelines and sample letters are included.
Publication Date: January 2011
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Dispute Resolution
This booklet explains the informal and formal processes available to parents when they have questions and concerns regarding their child’s special education program. 
Publication Date: January 2014
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

How to Request a One-to-One Paraprofessional for Your Child
This article discusses how parents need to express what they want, how to get it, and the outcomes they expect when requesting a paraprofessional.
Author: Wayne Steedman
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Wrightslaw

IDEA Special Education Due Process Complaints/Hearing Requests Including Expedited Hearing Requests: A Guide for Parents of Children & Youth (Ages 3-21)
This publication describes Due Process Complaints/Hearing Requests generally for Part B of the IDEA.
Publication Date: January 2014
Publisher: Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

IDEA Special Education Mediation: A Guide for Parents of Children & Youth (Ages 3-21)
This publication describes Mediation generally for Part B of the IDEA.
Publication Date: January 2014
Publisher: Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

IDEA Special Education Resolution Meetings: A Guide for Parents of Children & Youth (Ages 3-21)
This publication describes Resolution Meetings generally for Part B of the IDEA.
Publication Date: January 2014
Publisher: Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE): A Simplified Guide to Key Legal Requirements
This is a breakdown of the requirements of the IDEA regulations regarding LRE and an explanation for each.
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Pacer Center

Legal Rights: The Overrepresentation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Special Education
This brief discusses practical application of the laws, hypothetical examples of how the legal procedures might work in reality, and the process for filing complaints with the Office of Civil Rights. 
Author: Kevin Welner
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems

Parent Advocacy: What You Should Do . . . and Not Do
This includes a list with explanations on what parents of children with disabilities should and should not do when working to ensure the best education for their children.
Author: Leslie Seid Margolis
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Wrightslaw

Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
This guide summarizes key requirements of Section 504 and aims to increase understanding of these requirements for both parents and members of the school community alike.
Publication Date: December 2016
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights


Parental Right to Participate in Meetings
This article discusses participation in meetings with respect to their child’s identification, evaluation, educational placement, and provision of free appropriate public education to their child.
Publication Date: December 2010
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Qualified Professionals Eligible to Conduct Appropriate Evaluations
This AZ-TAS document provides the list of qualified professionals developed by the Department of Education as required by (R7-2-401(G)(8) as amended and approved by the Arizona State Board of Education on 1/29/18.
Publication Date: January 2018
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education 

Related Services
This article discusses what related services are and how the IEP must contain a statement of the special education and  related services and supplementary aids and services to be provided to the child, or on behalf of the child. 
Publication Date: Updated March 2013
Publisher: Nation Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities


Rights and Responsibilities of Parents of Children with Disabilities
Parents of children with disabilities have a certain role to play in the process of getting their children the help they need. This article lists rights and responsibilities and explains what parents can expect.
Author: Bernadette Knoblauch
Publisher: Reading Rockets

School Vouchers, Education Savings Accounts, and Tax Incentives: 6 Questions Parents Should Ask
This white paper includes information to consider before determining to use funds from vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax incentive programs for private school tuition and how using the funds could impact your child’s education and civil rights.
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

School Vouchers, Education Savings Accounts, and Tax Incentives: Implications and Considerations for Students with Disabilities
This white paper examines three types of programs and draws from real examples to demonstrate the potential pitfalls for students with disabilities and their families that include: the potential loss of federal civil rights protections, inadequate access to information, and added costs.
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

School Vouchers, Education Savings Accounts, and Tax Incentives: Students’ Civil Rights Alert
This paper explains that when students with disabilities enroll in a private school by accepting money through vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax incentive programs, they are often denied the rights afforded to them under federal laws like the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

School Vouchers, Education Savings Accounts, and Tax Incentives: The Basics
This white paper explains vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax incentive programs and how they allow some students to use public money to pay for private school tuition. 
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

School Vouchers, Education Savings Accounts, and Tax Incentives: The Hidden Costs
This white paper explains vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax incentive programs do not always cover the full cost of educating a student—especially a student with disabilities. 
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

The IEP Team
This article contains a list, as specified in IDEA, our nation’s special education law, of the members of the IEP team and includes links to read the details of how each of these IEP team members can help in developing a child’s IEP.
Publication Date: September 2010
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

The Special Education Handbook: A Brief Overview of the History and Requirements of Part B of the IDEA
This handbook defines laws and requirements for providing special education. It includes the special education framework, Child Find, evaluation, consent for services, IEPs, delivery of services, procedural safeguards, prior written notice, confidentiality, dispute resolution, and behavior and discipline.
Authors: Kacey Gregson and Shannon Chavez
Publication Date: January 2018
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

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