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Karanxha, Zorka; Zirkel, Perry A. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2014
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) obligates school districts to identify students with disabilities and provide them with a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), which includes specially designed instruction. Identification, FAPE, least restrictive environment (LRE), and various other issues under the IDEA sometimes…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Disabilities
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Thomas, Nancy – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
Leadership in schools matters today more than ever, since school leaders are faced with leading schools through an era of profound social change that has required fundamental rethinking of what schools do and how they do it. The challenges facing educational leadership have grown tremendously in recent years because of increased public…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Instructional Leadership, Special Education, Administrators
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Collins, Jeanne – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2007
The author recently left her position as special services director in an urban school district in Vermont, a state that embraces inclusion for students with disabilities, to accept the position of superintendent of schools in the same district. The new job requires overseeing the educational mission of six elementary schools, two middle schools, a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Middle Schools, Disabilities, Special Education
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Shepherd, Katharine G. – Journal of Special Education Leadership, 2006
Since 1990, Vermont legislation has required all schools to establish an Educational Support System (ESS) that provides a comprehensive set of supports and services designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities as well as those at risk of school failure. Given the need to promote the success of an increasingly heterogeneous group of…
Descriptors: Prereferral Intervention, High Risk Students, Instructional Leadership, Special Education