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Special Education Law Library:
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Note: The Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act of 1997
was reauthorized in 2004. The
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004)
took effect on July
IDEA 2004: Section 1400 - Finding and Purposes
Policy Memorandum on ADD by Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative
Services. Clarifies that children with ADD/ADHD are eligible
for special education services under IDEA and Section 504 protections.
Please go to the Advocacy Library for articles about special education advocacy, Frequently Asked Questions, and the Archives of the Special Ed Advocate newsletter.
Note to Non-lawyers
U.S. Supreme Court cases are supreme. Cases from U. S. Courts of Appeals are the next highest level of judicial decisions. Rulings from a U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals will have binding authority over the Courts in the states of that Circuit.
Other Circuits and other states may not be bound by a ruling from a different circuit, but may rely upon the decision as "persuasive authority." Thus, it is important to stay on top of the rulings of the U. S. Courts of Appeals.
When the Circuits have "split" rulings on the same issue, i.e., different legal outcomes from similar issues of fact and or law, then the cases have a higher probability of being accepted for review by the U. S. Supreme Court.
Last updated: 09/25/08