What does the law say about the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)?

Parent Question
Mar. 9, 2022Updated Mar. 17, 2022

IDEA states that every public agency (including public schools and districts) is required to ensure that:

To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are not disabled; and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. (P.L. 108-44 20 USC 1412 (5) (B))

For more, see our article Placement Options and the Least Restrictive Environment.

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