0430 – Mission and Goals – Comprehensive Plans – Local Plan for Special Education

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Revised – 11/1/2012
“Free and appropriate education (FAPE)” means special education and related services that are provided at public expense, under public supervision and direction, and without charge; meet the standards of the California Department of Education; include appropriate services for children aged 3 through 21 years; and are provided in conformity with the student’s individualized education program pursuant to 34 CFR 300.340-300.350. The right to FAPE extends to students who are suspended or expelled or placed by the district in nonpublic school or agency services. (34 CFR300.13, 300.121)
“Full educational opportunities” means that students with disabilities have the right to full educational opportunities to meet their unique needs, including access to a variety of educational programs and services available to nondisabled students. A program specialist may be responsible for assuring that students have full educational opportunities regardless of their district of residence. (34 CFR 300.504, 300.505; Education Code 56368)
“Least restrictive environment” means that to an appropriate extent, students with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions, shall be educated with children who are not disabled, including in nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities. (34 CFR 300.306, 300.550, 300.554).
“Special education” means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent/guardians, to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs, whose educational needs cannot be met with modification of the regular instruction program, and related services, at no cost to the parent/guardian, that may be needed to assist these individuals to benefit from specially designed instruction. Special education provides a full continuum of program options, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and instruction in physical education, to meet the educational and service needs of individuals with exceptional needs in the least restrictive environment. (Education Code 56031)
“Specially designed instruction” means adapting, as appropriate to the needs of an eligible child, the content, methodology or delivery of instruction. (34 CFR 300.26)
“Surrogate parent” means an individual assigned to act as a surrogate for the parents/guardians. The surrogate may represent an individual with exceptional needs in matters relating to identification, assessment, instructional planning and development, educational placement, reviewing and revising the IEP, and in other matters relating to the provision of FAPE to the individual with disability. (34 CFR 300.515; Education Code 56050)
Elements of the Local Plan
Each entity providing special education shall adopt policies for the programs and services it operates, consistent with agreements adopted pursuant to Education Code 56195.1 and 56195.7. (Education Code 56195.8)

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