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Reauthorization of the IDEA 2004

Links to important references and resources on the Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the primary federal program that authorizes state and local aid for special education and related services for children with disabilities. On December 3, 2004, President Bush signed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, a major reauthorization and revision of IDEA. The new law preserves the basic structure and civil rights guarantees of IDEA but also makes significant changes in the law. Most provisions of Public Law (PL) 108-446 go into effect on July 1, 2005. The requirements regarding “highly qualified” special education teachers became effective immediately upon signature.

Regulations
Statute: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended in 2004, PL 108-446, 20 United States Code (USC) 1400 et seq.
Technical Assistance Tools
California Statute Changes, October 7, 2006

Legislation was introduced during the 2007 state legislative session to align California Education Code (EC) to the final IDEA regulations.

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Training:
Questions: Allison Smith | asmith@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0377 
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