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Laws like No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) make sure schools are accountable for student progress and that each child gets an appropriate education. For those of us who arent lawyers, these resources tell you how these policies affect your child — in plain English. Go to In Depth: Special Education on our sister site, LD OnLine, to get more information.
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I tried to read about NCLB and its impact on my LD child, but I am confused. Is there any information about this law that is easier to read?
Like many complex federal laws, The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) can be confusing. Fortunately, a Parent's Guide to NCLB was published by the U.S. Department of Education. It includes an overview of the law, explanations of key terms and provisions, ways the law can help your child and an NCLB checklist for parents.
Another website, Wrightslaw, provides excellent information on legal issues in special education for parents. It is hosted by Peter Wright, a lawyer with expertise in special education law. Here, you can read and get information on the federal laws that govern special education as well as interpretations, commentaries and cases involving those laws.