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Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): An Updated Practical Guide For The IEP/PPT Team Administrator

Presentation to the Regional School District No. 18 Administrators

September 19, 2006

September 19, 2006

Regional School District No. 18 Central Office

Old Lyme, CT

All educators including administrators, special education teachers, related services personnel, school psychologists, and regular education teachers, are partners along with parents in ensuring that the needs of students with disabilities are met within our public school classrooms. The IEP Team (known in Connecticut as the PPT Team) administrator, however, bears the weighty burden of ensuring that all aspects of this highly complex and heavily procedural law are fully complied with. Other members of the team rely on the IEP Team administrator to know the required components of an IEP, ensure compliance with parental notice and consent requirements, and to provide leadership in making difficult decisions about the appropriateness of IEP components and student placement decisions. To effectively serve the district, the IEP Team administrator must not only know the basics of the law, but must be aware of its detailed requirements.

Even those familiar with some of the basic requirements under the IDEA must also become knowledgeable about some of the specific changes made to this law as a result of the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004). The IDEA 2004 is already in effect and will impact decision-making regarding services and programming for eligible children. Final regulations accompanying IDEA 2004 have been released and will go into effect on October 13, 2006.

Attached is a detailed outline designed to familiarize the IEP Team administrator with the law’s requirements and to assist in avoiding litigation, including both due process hearings and complaints to the State Department of Education ("SDE").

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