Independent Educational Evaluation Reimbursement under the IDEA: An Update

September 2013
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ELAnotesIEEThe 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) legislation and the 2006 IDEA regulations left largely unchanged the parent’s conditional right to obtain an independent educational evaluation (IEE) at public expense. The specified conditions form what amounts to a flowchart-like framework akin to the multi-step test for tuition reimbursement under the IDEA.  The extensive amount of hearing and review officer decisions concerning IEEs at public expense evidence not only the frequency of the issue but also the need for a careful legal analysis informed by the this regulatory framework, the pertinent court decisions, and the various policy letters issued by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  The purpose of this ELA Notes article is to  provide an updated practical legal checklist that synthesizes the court decisions, with supplemental attention to the OSEP policy interpretations. For ease of differentiation, the updated parts are highlighted in gray.

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APA Citation:  Zirkel, P. A. (July, 2012). Independent educational evaluation reimbursement under the IDEA: An update, ELA Notes 47(3), 16-18.

Authors: Zirkel, Perry A.

Title:    Independent Educational Evaluation Reimbursement under the IDEA: An Update

Year:   2012

Journal:  ELA Notes

Publisher:  Education Law Association

Volume: 47

Issue: 3

Pages:  16-18

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