Laws and Procedures
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law ensuring services to children with disabilities. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. In exchange for federal money, schools must guarantee that all children with disabilities will receive a "free, appropriate public education."
State and federal laws and regulations that provide the regulatory and statutory basis for Special Education services in Washington.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to provide the parents/guardians of a student who is eligible for or referred for special education with a notice containing a full explanation of the rights available to them.
Find rule revisions in process or when items are available for public comment.
If a student's special education needs cannot be met by their resident district, the district may contract with an approved Nonpublic Agency (NPA).