Fall 2013
    Law No.: LAW9136
    Sched. No.: 113821436

Special Education Law*
Section 1
Ciolfi, Angela A.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):T, 1715-1915 (WB116)
Capacity:16 **This information is current as of 04/18/2014 06:15:33 AM**
Current Enrollment:9 **This information is current as of 04/18/2014 06:15:33 AM**

Course Description:

This seminar will give students an introduction to the field of special education law. We will focus on the federal statute governing special education – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – its implementing regulations, and the numerous cases interpreting and enforcing IDEA. Some attention will also be given to the No Child Left Behind Act, the Rehabilitation Act and relevant state laws, as well as to the complex issues presented by the interplay of law and education policy.

The course is designed to emphasize the practical aspects of special education and related laws. Through the framework of special education law and policy, students will learn how to analyze a legal problem, ascertain the interests and incentives at play on both sides of the issue, and evaluate various legal and non-legal tools available for solving the problem. In addition to studying the statutes, regulations, and case law, we will use classic fact patterns to explore how the law influences everyday interactions between schools and families. In typical years, the course also features guest lectures from a school board attorney and school psychologist. Finally, we will evaluate the law in effectuating its promise: meeting the unique educational needs of students with disabilities within integrated settings and preparing them for further education, employment, and independent living.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Two papers and one presentation. One paper will be a short, 3-5 page reaction paper based on the readings, and the other will be a 15-20 page (double-spaced) research paper. Presentations will be on the same topic as the research paper. Class participation will also count toward the final grade.