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The Education of All Handicapped Children Act (EAHCA or EHA), or PL 94-142, "was the first to mandate that schools provide education to students with disabilities" (Powell & Driver, 2013, Section 1.3). Reflect on how key aspects of this law such as FAPE, LRE, IEP, and due process will specifically impact you as a teacher or caregiver. What is your role in ensuring that each portion of this law is upheld in your classroom? What concerns do you have regarding your role and why?

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Special Education laws and guidelines can be very daunting for the regular education classroom teacher. However, some basic knowledge of said laws and guidelines can potentially alleviate any legal issues in the future.

Our country provides all children within, a certain age window, with the right to an education. It is possible that every situation that a teacher experiences in the classroom will be different every year. The savvy teacher will make themselves aware of all the requirements spelled out within each student's IEP. ...

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