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Special Education Law / Edition 2

Special Education Law / Edition 2

by Nikki L. Murdick

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ISBN-10: 0131175718

ISBN-13: 2900131175715

Pub. Date: 02/10/2006

Publisher: Pearson



Special Education Law, Second Edition

Nikki L. Murdick, Barbara C. Gartin, and Terry Crabtree






Special Education Law, Second Edition

Nikki L. Murdick, Barbara C. Gartin, and Terry Crabtree



With IDEA 2004 and its accompanying regulations as its foundation, this readable book provides the most up-to-date and accurate information on the laws impacting the field of special education today. This comprehensive book enables students and professors to examine current legislation from a historical perspective, and provides the reader with an opportunity to understand the evolving nature of special education legislation and how it is interpreted by case law.


The second edition of Special Education Law has expanded its utility by adding additional content, including:

  • A new chapter, “Discipline Concerns,” focuses on the most frequently cited controversial issue in education today. This chapter on the consequences of undesirable behavior discusses zero tolerance, determination manifestation, and interim alternative educational settings.
  • An expanded chapter on program development covering Individual Family Services Plans (IFSPs), the extended school year, as well as Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • A discussion of the legal requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and how this law intersects with the requirements of IDEA 2004,impacting the practicalities of special education
  • More content tied directly to the standards and competencies of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), and PRAXISTM
  • More pedagogy. The authors have included reflection questions for extending discussion at the end of every chapter, additional case briefs, and relevant websites for further exploration.


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Table of Contents

PART I        The Bases for Special Education


Chapter 1    Historical Overview of Special Education

Chapter 2    A New Foundation for Special Education Services


PART II       Six Basic Principles of Special Education Legislation


Chapter 3    Free Appropriate Public Education

Chapter 4    Nondiscriminatory Evaluation

Chapter 5    Program Development

Chapter 6    Least Restrictive Environment

Chapter 7    Procedural Due Process

Chapter 8    Parental Participation


PART III      Remedies


Chapter 9    Enforcement

Chapter 10  Discipline Issues

Chapter 11  Mediation and Impartial Due Process Hearing

Chapter 12  Ethics and the Special Education Professional

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