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The Law and Special Education is a textbook written by Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D. and published by Pearson/Merrill Education. The purpose of this page is to provide readers of the text with frequent and regular updates regarding legal developments in special education.

Legal developments such as significant court cases, statutory and regulatory changes will be monitored and frequent updates will be provided. The text of statures and regulations of importance to special educators as well as useful legal information on the internet is also provided.

What's new in special education law:

To read the most recent U.S. Supreme Court's decisions click on the following links: Schaffer v. Weast (2005), Arlington Central School District v. Murphy (2006), Winkleman v. Parma City School District (2007), and Forest Grove School District v. T.A. (2009) click on the names of the cases.

To read President Obama's bluepint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly NCLB), click here

Statutes - Includes Elementary and Secondary Education Act and The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.

Regulations - Includes the 2006 regulations to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and the model forms developed by OSEP.

Legal Information on the Internet - Useful websites for legal information.
The Special Education Law Blog
Instructor's Materials - Includes Powerpoint presentations for each chapter and a link to the instructor's manual.

Conferences on Special Education Law: Conferences that will address special education law or education law

Midwest Regional Special Education Law Conference - March 24 & 25, 2011

Council of Administrators of Special Education - November 9-11, 2011

Education Law Association - November 9-12, 2011


Professional Development
For information on professional development activities, including workshops and training on special education law contact the Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents at Behavioral Institute.

Contact the Author of The Law and Special Education
For biographical information on Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D. click here.

Please email your comments and suggestions to Mitch Yell.

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