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What is the Least Restrictive Environment?

Although some children need to be in a special day class throughout the school day, many don’t. Too often children with disabilities are relegated to special classes where they have no interaction with their nondisabled peers. This sometimes happens even though these children would benefit from learning by the side of their nondisabled peers in a regular education class. 

WHAT THE LAW REQUIRES

The law requires placement for children with disabilities, such as yours, in the least restrictive environment (LRE.) This means that to the maximum extent appropriate, your child must be placed with his or her nondisabled peers. 

FACTORS USED TO DETERMINE THE LRE

In California, courts consider four factors in determining whether a student is placed in the least restrictive environment:

1. The educational benefit to the student if placed in general education;

2. the nonacademic benefits to the student if placed in general education;

 

3. the effect on the teachers and classmates if the student is placed in general education;

 

4. costs.  

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