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COPAA Pushes Back Strongly to Halt Unlawful Proposed LRE Interpretation

Monday, July 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall

Today COPAA sent a letter to Secretary DeVos to express continuing concerns at news that the Department of Education may issue guidance to states and local education agencies regarding their obligations to educate students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment (LRE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). From our understanding of the content of this guidance, we are concerned it may conflict with existing Department guidance, IDEA’s regulations, and even potentially IDEA’s statutory mandates. We believe any guidance that would weaken existing LRE policies would expose the Department to potential legal challenges pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). Despite assertions at a recent meeting with Department of Education Chief of Staff Nate Bailey, Acting General Counsel Reed Rubenstein and OSERS Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett, there was no disavowal of future plans to release such a document.


Read COPAA's Full LRE Letter to DeVos.


Read Joint Press Release Condemning Efforts to Undermine LRE


Read CCD LRE Principles.

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