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December 10, 2013
Never make assumptions about the role of a one-to-one aide. Parents and school personnel must have a clear understanding about your child's need for an aide.
- There is no federal legal definition for an aide. When you use the term paraprofessional in the IEP, you refer to a federal legal definition and a quality standard.
- Formal accommodation and treatment plans for students with disabilities must be implemented by trained teachers and NOT parent volunteers.
This issue of the Special Ed Advocate explains what IDEA 2004 and NCLB say about paraprofessionals, qualifications of paraprofessionals, and strategies parents can use to make their case for a parapro.
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Aides v. Parapros v. Highly-Qualified Teachers...
Are teachers no longer required to be highly-qualified in IDEA 2004?
In IDEA 2004, 20 U.S.C § 1400, Paragraph E incorporated (E)(i) and (ii). (20 U.S.C § 1400 (E)); Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, page 46.
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Find the answers to three questions from a special education teacher with the citations from federal law.