ADR — Alternative Dispute Resolution. An informal way of settling disagreements directly with the school or district.
FAPE — Free Appropriate Public Education.
IDEA — Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The federal law that creates special education rights for students and youth with disabilities 0-22.
IEP — Individualized Educational Program. A legal document that explains how a school will meet the disability-related needs of a student eligible for special education.
LEA — Local Education Agency. Public Schools including Charter Schools, County Schools
LRE — Least Restrictive Environment. The requirement in federal law that students with disabilities receive their education, to the maximum extent appropriate, with non-disabled students and that special education students are not removed from regular classes unless, even with special education support, education in regular classes doesn't meet their needs.
NOTICE OF PARENT RIGHTS/PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS — Important safeguards that protect the rights of parents and disabled students. Also, give families and school systems several mechanisms through which to resolve their disputes. Parental Rights under IDEA summarizes these safeguards.
PTI — Parent Training and Information Centers are places families can get free help to understand their student with a disability's education rights and learn to use them effectively.
SELPA — Special Education Local Plan Area (CA only)