LRE ~ Least Restrictive Environment ~ defined - Fighting for Answers
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) section 1412-5 defines the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) in the following way: In General, to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public and private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are not disabled, and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children from the regular education environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Wrightslaw further states “The law takes a commonsense approach to this issue: children with disabilities should be educated with children who are not disabled “to the maximum extent appropriate”.” (Wrightslaw, 2ed, 2011). The question that then remains is who defines “maximum extent appropriate”? Things are not so clear in this area. Parents and education professionalsread more