mainstreaming, inclusion, and least restrictive environment are...

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often used interchangeabley but are not synonymous terms

The IDEA imposes obligations on schools to consider placing students in general education classrooms with supplementary aids and services

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before considering more restrictive alternatives.

The IDEA creates an absolute right for a student with disabilities to be educated in his or her

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neighborhood schools

A school district may not refuse to place a student in the least restrictive environment

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because it lacks appropriate placement options

When making the determination regarding the least restrictive environment, an IEP team can

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use a student's effect on his or her peers in arriving at their determination.

The least restrictive environment is

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not always the general education setting

The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet accepted a case

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interpreting the LRE mandate.

The IDEA mandates that all educational facilities, including private schools,

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implement the LRE regulations

Legislation and litigation regarding LRE and FAPE indicate that the school's primary obligation is to

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provide a student in special education with a FAPE

An appropriate interpretation of the LRE litigation is that good-faith efforts

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must be made to educate students with disabilities in integrated settings.