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Legal Topics: Special Education

Statutes and Regulations: (Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.)

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (PL 108-446), 118 STAT. 2647
  • 34 CFR Part 300, from the e-CFR. An authenticated version of the Code of Federal Regulations can be found here.
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (P.L. 93-112) 87 Stat. 355. Section 504 is the last section.
  • Minnesota Statutes Chapter 125A, Special Education and Special Programs
  • Minnesota Rules Chapter 3525, Children With A Disability
  • Online Resources:

  • Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004, from the United States Department of Education.
  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), part of the United States Department of Education.
  • Education for Children with Disabilities, from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department.
  • Students with Disabilities, from the Minnesota Department of Education.
  • Compliance and Monitoring, from the Minnesota Department of Education. The Minnesota Department of Education provides a searchable database of special education complaint decisions, hearing decisions and letters of clarification of special education law.
  • Division of Compliance and Assistance Program Monitoring Unit.
  • Print Resources: (These title are available in the Law Library and may be available through your local public library.)

  • Guernsey, Thomas F. Special Education Law, 3rd ed. (Carolina Academic Press, 2008). KF4210.G83 2008.
  • Siegel, Lawrence M. The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child, 6th ed. (Nolo, 2009). KF4209.3 S57 2009.
  • Students with Disabilities and Special Education Law, 24th ed. (Oakstone Legal & Business Pub., 2007) KF4210 .S929.
  • Yell, Mitchell L. The Law and Special Education, 2nd ed. (Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall, 2006) KF4210.Y56 2006.
  • Organizations:

  • PACER Center, PACER is the Minnesota Parent Training and Information Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs.
  • Related Topics: Education Law


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