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Special Education Law

Special Education Law

Fifth Edition

April 2013 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Special Education Law, Fifth Edition provides a comprehensive, and student-friendly overview of the major federal laws—and judicial interpretations of those laws—that apply to the education of children with special needs. Laura Rothstein and Scott F. Johnson thoroughly present the most up-to-date information on special education statutes, regulations, and judicial interpretations, including substantial changes in the interpretation of the legistlation. The text helps students understand what the law requires so that they can develop policies and make decisions that comply with these laws.

1. The Legal System and How It Works
2. Students With Disabilities: History of the Law
3. Statutory Provisions
4. The People
5. Who Is Protected
6. Identification, Evaluation, and Eligibility
7. Free Appropriate Public Education
8. Individualized Educational Program
9. Placement and Least Restrictive Environment
10. Private School Placements, Residential Placements, and Public School Choice Programs
11. Special Issues With Secondary Students
12. Procedural Safeguards
13. Discipline
14, Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
15. Remedies
16. Special Education Misconduct
17. The Status and Future of Special Education Law
Appendix A: Education and the American Legal System
Appendix B: Secquuential Listing of Major Legal Developments for Student With Disabilities
Appendix C: Individualized Education Program

"The content is superb and will prepare the students to be effective advocates for their students and to ensure that laws are followed."

Yvonne Trotter
Geneva College

Good comprehensive and current information for an undergraduate special education state and federal regulations course.

Dr Patricia Huskin
Teacher & Bilingual Education, Texas A & M Univ-Kingsville
November 30, 2014

Quality and type of information in text and easy format to follow for online class.

Dr Sharon Gunn
Elementary Early Spec Ed Dept, Southeast Missouri State Univ
August 11, 2014

May consider at a later date

Ms Amy Jolley
Education, Richard Stockton College Of Nj
May 3, 2014

Not adopted as yet. Will decide this summer.

Dr Michelle McAnuff-Gumbs
Literacy and Special Education, The College of Saint Rose
April 6, 2014
Key features


  • Additional sections are included on the Individuals with Disabilities Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilties Act.
  • The book has been significantly reorganized and streamlined to make it much easier to use during a course term.
  • Learning Outcomes have been added to the beginning of each chapter, helping students focus on the most important concepts.
  • Updated Web resources are added to the end of each chapter.
  • Additional information on transitional services has been added.


  • Thought questions, with references to articles and cases related to those questions, appear throughout the text.
  • A sample IEP form provides a concrete example of this key special education document.

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