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 studentsí rights to learn and fighting discrimination in schools.
Authors: Amanda L. Sullivan
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Equity Alliance at Arizona State University

CECís Policy on Physical Restraint and Seclusion Procedures in School Settings
This document defines restraint and seclusion and lists principles related to the use of restraint and seclusion in a school setting.
Publication Date: September 2009
Publisher: Council for Exceptional Children

Charter School Authorizer Rubrics for Assessing Special Education Capacity for Schools Operating as Independent Local Education Agencies (LEAs)
These rubrics support development and maintenance of high-quality special education programs that allow students with disabilities equal access to charter schools supported by appropriate special education and related services.
Authors: Lauren Morando Rhim and Paul OíNeill 
Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: National Charter School Resource Center

Disproportionality: Inappropriate Identification of Culturally and Linquistically Diverse Children
This NEA Policy Brief discusses the problems that revolve around the misidentification of culturally and linguistically diverse children and the supports necessary to help these students to be successful learners.
Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: NEA Education Association

Disproportionate Representation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Special Education: Measuring the Problem
This article discusses the legal history of overrepresentation of culturally and linguistically diverse children in special education and the quality of their educational experiences.
Authors: Martha J. Coutinho and Donald P. Oswald
Publication Date: 2004
Publisher: National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems

Dispute Resolution
This guide discusses solving problems informally, mediation, formal complaints, and due process for special education.
Publication Date: January 2014
Publisher: Exceptional Student Services, Arizona Department of Education

Evaluation Process
This AZ-TAS document will provide a step-by-step guide to decision making and procedures for use throughout the evaluation process, including reviewing existing data, determining the need for additional data, obtaining parent consent, conducting any needed assessments, and determining eligibility. 
Publication Date: August 2017
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nationís national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
Publication Date: December 2015
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education

Five Options, 1-2-3
This information explains the options available when there isnít agreement on what represents an appropriate education for a child and the approaches that parents and schools can use to help resolve the dispute. 
Publication Date: 2012
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Improving Access and Creating Exceptional Opportunities for Students with Disabilities in Public Charter Schools
This report outlines both the challenges and opportunities presented by state public charter school laws that create autonomous schools that operate separate from or alongside traditional public school districts.
Authors: Lauren Morando Rhim and Paul OíNeill 
Publication Date: October 2013
Publisher: National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools

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

Positive Behavioral Supports and the Law
The reasons why Congress encourages the use of PBIS are discussed. 
Publisher: TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document
This Resource Document describes 15 principles for developing policies and procedures on the use of restraint and seclusion. 
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education

Results-Driven Accountability: RDA
This document fully explains the Results-Driven Accountability process developed by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to guide States in improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
Publisher: Office of Special Education Programs

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: Studentsí 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 studentóespecially a student with disabilities. 
Publication Date: September 2017
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

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