The core principle of the IDEA is that all disabled children will be educated, if possible with their non-disabled peers. This is the principle of “zero reject.” Though it has been fleshed out over the decades, it remains the bedrock anchor point of the IDEA that will not bend or break. Court cases have championed this principle over the years, granting entitlement to education for disabled students.
After this session, participants will be able to:
1 – Define the principle of zero reject;
2 – Describe cases in which the principle has protected the education of disabled students;
3 - Identify the origins of child find, stay put, the disciplinary process protections for disabled students, and unilateral parental placement;
4 – Compare the rights of special education students with general education students.