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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Report Series



young boy with down syndromeCOPAA, under agreement from The National Council on Disability, is conducting research for a five (5) report series. The findings in these reports will primarily serve to assist policymakers, including the White House and Congress, and state and local education agencies with insight needed to make policy decisions designed to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. We believe it is essential for all stakeholders, including students with disabilities and those who support them, to participate and have a voice in the reports and recommendations for practical improvement of policy that significantly impacts their lives.  


To assure input from key stakeholders eligible under and responsible for the implementation of the IDEA, COPAA will be holding forums in a sampling of cities across the country, and national forums online. Researchers will also be conducting interviews with a sampling of individuals relevant to each report. 


If you choose to participate in any of the forums (schedule to be posted soon) or interviews answers will be kept confidential and personal information will not be shared with anyone outside the research team. Being in this study is voluntary.


  • Selene Almazan, Esq., COPAAs Legal Director is the Project Director and Principal Investigator.
  • Laura Schifter, Ph.D., is the Co-investigator. 


Specific Topics to be addressed as part of the research include:


  • Monitoring and Enforcement of IDEA Compliance

    Report Authors:  Mark Gross and Candace Cortiella
  • Broken Promises: The Underfunding of IDEA

    Report Authors: Laura Kaloi and Candace Cortiella 
  • English Language Learners with Disabilities and IDEA

    Report Author: Laura Schifter
  • The Continued Segregation of Students with Disabilities

    Report Author: Carol Quirk  
  • IDEA and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

    Report Authors: Laura Schifter and Laura Kaloi


african american dad and daughterPlease note that participation at Forums is limited to 25 in the session.  If you are unable to attend a forum and would like to submit feedback on your overall experience with special education services and supports under the IDEA please send an email   Please be sure to include background information, such as where you live, your child’s gender, disability, grade, primary language, and if your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch at school.  All answers are confidential and participation is voluntary.  


Please send any questions to


This research has been reviewed by Solutions IRB (Institutional Review Board) for the protection of all research participants.  Solutions IRB can be reached at (855.226.4472) or  


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