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    Information to assist in the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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  • Office of Special Education Programs
    P.O. Box 500
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
    phone: (609)292-0147
    fax: (609)984-8422

    Implementation of IDEA

    Re-authorization of the IDEA 2004

    Guidance with Respect to State and Federal Regulations Implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (Microsoft Word | PDF)

    Guidance for the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (NJDOE/OSEP, June 2005)

    Guidance Regarding Changes to the Due Process System in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (NJDOE/OSEP, July 2005)

    Presentation on "Guidance for the Implementation of IDEA 2004" (NJDOE/OSEP, July 2005)

    Links to important references and resources on the Re-authorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the primary federal program that authorizes state and local aid for special education and related services for children with disabilities. On December 3, 2004, President Bush signed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (P.L. 108-446), a major reauthorization and revision of IDEA. The new law preserves the basic structure and civil rights guarantees of IDEA but also makes significant changes in the law. Most provisions of P.L. 108-446 go into effect on July 1, 2005. The requirements regarding "highly qualified" special education teachers became effective immediately upon signature.

    H.R. 1350, Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA):

    Resources: