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Disabled EducationA Critical Analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act$
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Ruth Colker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708101

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708101.001.0001

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Post-1975 Amendments

Post-1975 Amendments

(p.81) 5 Post-1975 Amendments
Disabled Education

Ruth Colker

NYU Press

This chapter discusses Congress's attempts to amend the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EAHCA), which was later replaced by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), after 1975. It begins with an overview of 1977 amendments, followed by amendments in 1983 and 1986 including those dealing with attorney fees and infants and toddlers with disabilities. It then examines amendments made during the 1990s as well as the concerns expressed by some special education advocates that the special education law (now renamed IDEA) was not serving the needs of poor and minority students. It also considers amendments relating to eligibility, individualized education programs, racial disproportionality in disability identification, private school education, and the ability of school districts to discipline children with disabilities. The chapter concludes with an assessment of 2004 amendments to the IDEA.

Keywords:   attorney fees, Congress, Education for All Handicapped Children Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, amendments, special education, minority students, individualized education program, discipline, children with disabilities

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