The Parental Rights in Special Education (PRISE) documentation helps ensure that the parents of children with special needs understand their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Developed by the New Jersey Department of Education, PRISE provides comprehensive information to help parents and their families receive the support they deserve.

A Brief Background of IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the primary federal program that authorizes state and local aid for special education and related services for children with disabilities. On December 3, 2004, President Bush signed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (P.L. 108-446), a major reauthorization and revision of IDEA. The new law preserves the basic structure and civil rights guarantees of IDEA but also makes significant changes in the law. Most provisions of P.L. 108-446 go into effect on July 1, 2005. The requirements regarding “highly qualified” special education teachers became effective immediately upon signature.

New Jersey Department of Education

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You can access all information contained in PRISE within the PDF below.


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