Least Restrictive Environment and Placement Options in an IEP

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Nov. 11, 2020Updated Oct. 20, 2022

What Is the Least Restrictive Environment?

In this clip, Dr. Solone breaks down the number one misconception about LRE and how this message can sometimes be pushed by schools due to lack of resources to provide an inclusive classroom.

Educational Placement Options

Part B, Section 300.115 of IDEA outlines the continuum of educational placements that public agencies must have available to students receiving special education services. These include instruction in a general education classroom, specialized classes, specialized schools, home instruction, and instruction in residential facilities (more on this below). In addition, public schools must have available supplementary services such as a resource room or itinerant instruction for students in general education classrooms (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(5). This continuum of placement options is available to students receiving special education services so that students with varying needs have access to appropriate placements at no cost to parents. However, school districts often do not have the variety of placement options available. When this is the case, the district must find the appropriate placement by any means required.
Special education least restrictive environment chart

School Tours

The bottom line: Rather than choosing from what the school district has available, you can make a case for what your child requires to receive FAPE. The law guarantees your child access to a free, appropriate public education, and you have a say in what placement is appropriate for your child. Learn more from Dr. Pelangka in this clip:

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What Is the Least Restrictive Environment?

Educational Placement Options

School Tours

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