One of the most important things we do at the state Department of Education is support the work done at the local level by our teachers, administrators and other school staff. We offer that support by providing technical expertise and assistance in a variety of areas.
The Idaho Special Education Manual, 2007, is designed to help you understand the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and meet the guidelines contained within the law. To receive federal funds available under the IDEA, districts must adopt and implement appropriate special education policies and procedures. Those policies and procedures must be approved by the State Department of Education (SDE) consistent with state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and legal requirements.
To help you, this manual contains a sample set of approved policies and procedures that boards of trustees may adopt if they choose to do so. The appendices in this manual are meant to clarify and assist you in adopting policies; they should not be viewed or adopted as policies in and of themselves.
To the extent possible, we try to make the process of understanding state and federal regulations as easy as possible. If you have questions or comments about this manual or any service offered by the department, I hope you will take the time to contact us.