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Benchmark-The Law and it's Application to Special Education Issues

I'm hoping that you can help me out by being my interviewee again. I need to interview either a lawyer or a special education director. I have no clue where to find a special education lawyer so I figured that I could interview you as the special education director. The assignment with the interview questions are below.

Research information beyond what is provided in the course materials to explore the law and its application to special education issues covered in this course. Explore state departments of education Web sites to investigate the laws of your state and other states as well as their application to special education issues covered in this course.

2) Schedule an appointment with an attorney well-versed in school law or with a special education director to learn about the following issues:
a) How has the legal system evolved, as it applies to special education, over the past 20 years, and how has that affected the legal framework for special education today?
b) How does the legal framework differ for special needs students and regular students in private and public schools?
c) Who monitors the implementation and evaluation of IEPs in private and public schools?
d) In the legal expert's opinion, are there any elements of special education law that need refinement? Explain.

3) Write an essay of 1,750-2,000 words in which you compare and contrast the findings of your research and the information obtained in the interview.

4) Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide.

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a) How has the legal system evolved, as it applies to special education, over the past 20 years, and how has that affected the legal framework for special education today?

This is quite an interesting question. I suppose to begin, I will recount that 20 years ago, many students that would have benefitted from special education services never received them. This is because they were not tested. Special education back then was seen more as a serious emotional disability than a learning disability. It was almost as educators felt that if a child was having difficulty focusing or learning in class, then they simply needed to apply themselves a bit more and they could overcome the difficulty. We no realize this is not the case, but it took our legal system to help us ?see the light?. Today, as the legal system has evolved, we have a set system of testing procedures that can help us to identify various learning disabilities and then tailor make an education plan suited to that specific child. We can do this because recent legal decisions have also mandated that every child have access to special needs services, no matter where they attend this school. This is a major breakthrough, as parents do not have to worry about where to send their child to school if they have a special need. We now have trained special needs instructors, mandated by law that can work with each no ...

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The law and it's application to special education issues are examined.

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