Special Education Mission Statement

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SPECIAL EDUCATION MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Office of Special Education is to provide programs and services that are designed to ensure that all students with exceptional needs receive a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. The core function of this department is to support schools in providing high-quality education for students with exceptional needs. All Special Education Services as prescribed in the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be provided by appropriate credential or qualified individuals, including appropriately certified related service personnel and special education teachers who instruct students with disabilities. PURPOSE The purpose of the Special Education Policies…show more content…
In 1977, all school districts and county school offices were mandated to form consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services. SELPAs are dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and that exceptional children must be guaranteed equal opportunity to become contributing members of society. SELPAs facilitate high quality educational programs and services for exceptional children and training for parents and educators. The SELPA collaborates with county agencies and school districts to develop and maintain healthy and enriching environments in which exceptional students and families can live and succeed. Legal…show more content…
This Act also requires that students be given a free appropriate public education in regular education classes, with necessary supplementary aids and services, if they are determined by a school team to be disabled under Section 504 or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Such eligibility may exist without concurrent eligibility for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Rehabilitation Act was followed in 1975 by the passage of PL 94-142, the Education of Handicapped Act, which was changed in 1990 to IDEA. This is the legislation that provides that all students who are eligible for special education must be provided with a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive

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