This book provides a primer on the (a) dispute resolution system of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), (b) the U.S. Department of Education, IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and (c) online resources to locate special education law. The book also provides a presentation of all policy letters on special education issued by the U.S. Department of Education in 2020 and a synopsis of all special education cases heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2020 brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504.
DAVID F. BATEMAN is professor in the department of educational leadership and special education at Shippensburg University, where he teaches courses on special education law, assessment, and facilitating inclusion. Dr. Bateman recently coauthored A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education, Special Education Law Case Studies, Special Education Leadership: Building Effective Programming in Schools, and Current Trends and Legal Issues in Special Education.
MITCHELL L. YELL is the Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education and professor of special education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Yell has published 134 journal articles, 6 textbooks, and 38 book chapters and has conducted numerous workshops on various aspects of special education law, classroom management, and progress monitoring. In 2020, he was named Researcher of the Year by the Council for Exceptional Children.
KEVIN P. BRADY is professor and program coordinator of the graduate program in educational leadership at the University of Arkansas. He is also adjunct associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he teaches a course in school law and ethics in the Summer Principals Academy (SPA). He is currently the program director of the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA) Center for the Study of Leadership and the Law. Dr. Brady is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Education Law Association (ELA) and is on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals, including the Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, Education and Urban Society, Journal of Disability Policy Studies, and West’s Education Law Reporter. Dr. Brady recently coauthored the book Legal Issues in Special Education: Principals, Policies, and Practices.
1 The US Department of Education, the IDEA, and Section 504
2 Policy Letters from the US Department of Education
3 A primer on Dispute Resolution under the IDEA and Section 504
4 Researching Special Education Law Online
5 Topics Covered by US Courts of Appeals in 2020
6 Case Summaries by Circuit
Glossary of Legal Terms
This book will serve as a valuable resource for novice and veteran special education administrators alike. For the novice, it provides a historical perspective on special education law while also providing a review of current court and agency rulings. For the veteran, it will ensure that special education legal knowledge remains current.
includes copies of all policy statements, Dear Colleague Letters, and frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) documents from the US Department of Education related to the education of students with disabilities
provides a primer on the IDEA dispute resolution process, a guide on researching cases online, and lists of websites for follow-up research related to online special education law
gives a comprehensive summary of 2020 appellate court cases in special education and comprises important information and principles for all those who work closely with students with disabilities in K–12 educational settings
reviews rulings related to the IDEA and Section 504 from US courts of appeals for 2020, presented by circuit