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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Reauthorization Legislation: An Overview

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Publication Date: June 1997

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: 97-535

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorizes several programs to support and improve early intervention and special education for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. The 105th Congress has considered legislation to amend, revise, and extend IDEA. The President signed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997, P.L. 105-17, on June 4, 1997. The amendments are comprehensive in nature and address a wide range of legal and programmatic issues affecting early intervention and special education.