United States, February 24, 2018 /Author: Melisa Kifer/stwnewspress
Resumen: La ley federal conocida como la Ley de Educación para Individuos con Discapacidades (IDEA, por sus siglas en inglés) brinda a los estudiantes con discapacidades el derecho a ser evaluados y recibir un Plan de Educación Individual (IEP) diseñado para satisfacer sus necesidades únicas. Actualmente, más de 800 estudiantes de Stillwater Public School de 3 a 21 años reciben educación especial y servicios relacionados.
The federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides students with disabilities the right to be evaluated and receive an Individual Education Plan (IEP) designed to meet their unique needs. Currently, more than 800 Stillwater Public School students ages 3 through 21 receive special education and related services.
Students unable to achieve academic success, even with interventions and remediation, are provided a free comprehensive educational evaluation by the school district. The eligibility team reviews the evaluation results, along with other available data to determine if the student meets criteria for one of the IDEA defined disabilities. This team is also responsible for developing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for students who qualify for special education and related services.
Each district must have a “Child Find” component to discover any students ages 3-21 that are living in district that need services. If infants and toddlers under three years of age are experiencing developmental delays in one or more of the following areas: cognitive, physical, communication, social or emotional, adaptive, or have a diagnosed physical or mental condition, they are evaluated and the team determines if an IEP for district provided services is needed.
Special Services also oversees more than 200 students who are found eligible for accommodations and services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These are students who do not qualify for special education services, but need accommodations or services temporarily or long term in order to have full access to school.
When special education was federally mandated in public schools, it was implemented with the intent for funding to be fully provided by state and federal sources. Local expenditures for the 2017 fiscal year exceeded 5 million dollars with less than 30 percent coming from federal and state sources.