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Gifted Education Legal Resources

Age-13 collegian opening way for vouchers? Single mother's lawsuit insists only university can meet his needs in WorldNetDaily.com 
In a case some believe could establish a legal precedent for school vouchers, the mother of a 13-year-old student attending a state university is suing California for not providing her son a free education according to law...
Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities, Inc. (formally known as TACHO)
Focus on students eligible under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Sometimes advocacy has to begin with getting answers to questions already asked.  In the United States, if your child has had testing, you are entitled to copies of the full results, including IQ / standard scores, percentiles, age and grade equivalent scores, and much more... but sometimes you may need to cite this federal law to get them
bullet Test Protocols Are Student Records this is often disputed by districts; here's the "proof"
Gifted Children and the Law: Mediation, Due Process and Court Cases by Frances Karnes and Ronald Marquardt
Reports and synthesizes the results of all reported legal actions concerning education of gifted and talented children. Since there is no federal mandate, the legal conflicts have been settled at the state or local level
Gifted Children and Legal Issues in Education: Parents' Stories of Hope by Frances Karnes and Ronald Marquardt
Parents of gifted children describe their searches for appropriate educational options along with their creative solutions, from early school admission to early high school graduation and awarding of credits
Gifted Children and Legal Issues: An Update by Frances Karnes and Ronald Marquardt
Since Gifted Children and the Law, many new court cases and administrative rulings have been reported; issues covered include advanced placement concerns, home-schooling problems, personal injury, civil rights, mediation, and due process
How To File a Complaint With OCR U.S. Department of Education
If you believe that your child has been discriminated against because of his/her handicap...
Know Your Legal Rights in Gifted Education by Frances A. Karnes and Ronald Marquardt
Gifted preschool, elementary, and secondary school children have very limited protections under state and federal laws. Without a federal law to protect the legal rights of gifted children, the responsibility for such mandates rests with the states. Approximately 30 states have a mandate to serve gifted children, while the remaining ones have permissive legislation...
NAGC Legislative Update
109th Congress (2005-2007)  NAGC members, state affiliate leaders, and other supporters are working on a number of issues that would benefit gifted learners...
An Overview of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504: Update 2001 (ERIC Digest E606) by Kelly Henderson
Who is protected, what are the responsibilities, how can these laws help your child?
Section 504 and IDEA: Basic Similarities and Differences by S. James Rosenfeld, Esq. President, EDLAW, Inc.
LDOnline summary for parents...
Your Rights Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
On-line and paper documents to help determine if your child has rights under this statute
The Special Ed Advocate (a.k.a. Wright's Law site)
Successful advocacy depends on accurate information and knowing how to use it. Great Tactics and Strategy Session: IEP Goals and Objectives
Special Education Rights and Responsibilities
Lots of questions and answers about the IEP process, click on Chapter 4...
updated December 01, 2020

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