New Jersey Administrative Code for special education (NJA C. 6A: 14) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) are laws that ensure children with disabilities a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. An important part of these laws provides par-
ents with the right to participate in their children's education.
You and representatives of your school district are team members who are responsible for developing an appropriate educational program for your child. This document will describe the state and federal laws affect- ing the provision of special education to help you understand your rights in the special education process. With this knowledge, you will be prepared to take an active role in your child's education.
This document has been developed for you by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. In an effort to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date information. The document is periodi- cally revised to reflect changes in the law, provide additional information that would be of use to you, and to pro- vide the information in a more clear and concise manner. This document was last revised in December 2006.