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A must have resource for school leaders and personnel, Special Education Law and Practice in Public Schools is dedicated to understanding the complex laws and issues surrounding students with special needs. Broad in coverage, it discusses current topics such as: the reauthorization of IDEA, NCLB, and 504; working with families; IEPs; assessment; staff relationships and staffing patters; due process hearing, mediation and complaints; school-wide discipline, and strategies for specific populations ( infant/toddler, preschool, secondary school, etc.) Filled with ready-to-use samples and inclusion strategies, the book adheres to school administration and CEC standards and is a conclusive resource for practicing professionals.
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This book outlines and explains the requirements of special education law as it applies to regular and special education. It tackles the difficult and sometimes complicated issues of inclusion, student discipline, IEP development, transitioning, and working with parents. Its strength is presenting special education law in easy-to-understand language and its use of best practices in implementing the law. Inclusion Basics; Working with Parents and Parent Rights; Due Process Hearings, Mediation, and Complaints; Identification and Evaluation of Students; Individualized Education Programs; Placement; Preschool and Infant and Toddler Programs; Secondary School Considerations; Discipline; Student Relationships; Staff Relationships and Staffing Patterns; Budget and Funding; Autism; Emotional Disturbance/Behavior Disorders (EBD); Mental Retardation/Mental Disabilities (MD); Specific Learning Disability (LD); Orthopedic Impairment/Physical Disabilities; Speech or Language Impairment; Other Health Impairment (OHI); and Low Incidence Disabilities.About the Author:
Larry D. Bartlett is a professor and departmental executive officer in the Division of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at The University of Iowa. He is an administrative law judge for special education hearings in Iowa and for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of Interior. Previously, he was the legal consultant to the Iowa Department of Public Instruction and a high school social studies department chair. He currently teaches courses on education law and the administration of special education programs.
Greg R. Weisenstein is dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Development at Montana State University. Previously, he has served as dean of the School of Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; associate dean for research and professor of education at Clemson University; coordinator of Vocational and Secondary Special Education Programs at the University of Washington; a member of the President's Committee on Employment of the People with Disabilities; and international president of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Career Development.
Susan Etscheidt is an associate professor of special education at the University of Northern Iowa and the coordinator of Programs for Children with Behavioral Disorders K-6. She teaches courses in the area of behavioral disorders, behavior management, and special education law and policy. In addition to her involvement in the teacher preparation program at UNI, Dr. Etscheidt is an administrative law judge for special education hearings in Iowa.
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