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SPECIAL EDUCATION TERMS: LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT (LRE)

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
 
 
Each public agency must ensure that, to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities ages 3-21, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are nondisabled, and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only if the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular education classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
 
 
LRE Determination

In determining the educational placement of a child with a disability, including a preschool child with a disability, this school system ensures that the student"s service placement is:

Determined at least annually by the IEP Team.

Based on the student's IEP,

As close as possible to the child’s home, in the school where he or she would be educated if nondisabled, unless the IEP requires some other arrangement,

Selected on the quality of services that he/she needs, and

Is in age-appropriate, regular classrooms, not removed based solely on needed modifications in the general education curriculum.

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