Procedural Safeguards for Students and Their Families

Requirements under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Federal Regulations, and the State Rules Governing Special Education Special Education: A service, not a place. Special Education Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction—Dr. Douglas H. Gill, Director of Special Education; Randy I. Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Ken Kanikeberg, Chief of Staff; Gil Mendoza, Assistant Superintendent, Special Programs and Federal Read More

Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities

Top 10 facts parents, educators, and students need to know Reprinted with permission from PACER The facts — Students with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. Bullying of children with disabilities is significant but there is very little research to document it. Only 10 U.S. studies have been conducted on Read More

Notifying the School About a Bullying Incident—Using a Template Letter

What to do if you want to let the school know about a bullying incident Reprinted with permission from PACER Parents should contact school staff in writing each time their child informs them that he or she has been bullied. PACER Center has created three letters that parents may use as a guide for writing a letter Read More

Universal Design for Learning

What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Currently, the focus of education is to prepare all students to be experts in their chosen fields of study, turning the early learner into a lifelong learner building on individual needs and strengths to accomplish this goal.  Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps educators by providing academically structured Read More

Technology and the IEP

Introduction Assistive technology (AT) is redefining the possibilities of children and adults who have a wide range of cognitive and physical disabilities.  In the home, the classroom, workplace, and the community, AT enables individuals with disabilities to be more independent, self-confident, productive, and more included into a variety of settings. Assistive technology includes thousands of Read More

Surrogate Parents in Education

The role of the surrogate parent in education is to assure that a student in special education receives a free appropriate public education. The surrogate parent has the same rights and interests of the parent as defined through both state and federal regulations.  There are regulations governing the identification, qualifications, and appointment of surrogate parents.  Read More

Common Core Standard Initiative

The Common Core Standards (CCS) intent is to ensure all children have access to a high quality education in Math and the English Language Arts throughout the United States. Having common education standards can ensure parents, students, and educators know the academic focus and progress that is made from year to year. Each grade has Read More

What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities to an Appropriate Education for your Child with a Disability?

As the parent of a child who has disabilities, you have the right to: Expect a free, appropriate public education (F.A.P.E.) for your child. Refer your child for an evaluation for a 504 plan and/or for special education. Meet with the school district to decide whether or not to evaluate your child to determine if he Read More

What are Procedural Safeguards?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to provide the parents/guardians of a student who is eligible for or referred for special education with a notice containing a full explanation of the rights available to them. School districts must provide parents a copy of the Procedural Safeguards: At least once every school year. Read More