The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA")' was enacted in 1975 to ensure that all children with disabilities, like their nondisabled counterparts, have access to a free appropriate public education designed to meet their unique needs. This "appropriate education" mandate emphasizes the necessity of providing such children with special education and "related services," and federal funding is offered to state and local educational agencies to assist in implementing this objective.
Jennifer L. Barnes,
The Practice of Pediatrics in Pedagogy? The Costly Combination in Cedar Rapids Community School District v. Garret F.,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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