Special Education Law

Special Education Law


Special education law is a vast area and is constantly changing. Numerous books and websites have been created around this topic, informing the public of the laws and changes to the laws. In addition, each state can have regulations that add to the federal statutes.

An in depth summation of the laws is beyond the scope of this project. This section will give the educator an overview of the major regulations related to special education with resources to further information provided. Our funder, and our project, are both based in Texas, hence those will be the state regulations discussed in this section.

Learning Outcomes

After reviewing the module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Examine the history of federal special education legislation.
  2. Explore the impact of this legislation on public schools.
  3. Become familiar with key terms and acronyms related to special education.
  4. Understand the special education referral process.
  5. Recognize the usefulness of mediation in an educational setting.