TIES Center Reports: How States Interpret the LRE Clause of IDEA: A Policy Analysis (#101)

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The purpose of this report is to analyze how states interpret special education regulations associated with the Individuals with Disabilities (IDEA) regulations, specifically around least restrictive environment (LRE), the continuum of alternative placements, and placement for students with disabilities. Findings indicate that there was variation in how states organized the regulations. The interaction between policy and practice presents an on-going need for reevaluation of intent and praxis that has the potential to spotlight issues that may need to be addressed improve education and outcomes for students with disabilities.

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