In determining the LRE for a student, IEP teams should
a. provide support services to allow the student to remain in the general education classroom (e.g., management plans, paraprofessionals). b. consider the entire continuum of placements in making the placement. c. integrate students who are in more restrictive settings whenever possible, including nonacademic settings (e.g., physical education, lunch).
Although the results of LRE litigation vary, all the cases reviewed in the text (e.g., Roncker, Greer, Daniel R.R., Rachel H., Clyde K, Hartmann) have indicated that
mainstreaming is not required in every case
According to the two-part Daniel R.R. test, in judging a school's compliance with LRE, the court first must ask whether the child could be educated in the regular classroom with aids and services and if he or she cannot, the court must ask
if the student is placed in a more restrictive setting, is the student integrated to the maximum extent possible
What factors (from Rachel H.) was the most important to the court in the Clyde K. decision?
The effect of the student on the education of others
who makes the LRE determination
The IEP team
Every school district must have a total continuum of alternative placements available from which to choose the appropriate placement
is a misinterpretation of the concept of least restrictive environment
Mainstreaming or inclusion in the general education classroom, institution, Special Schools, and Self-contained or special classroom are all examples of
least restrictive environment for any special education student and should be based on individual needs
When determining the LRE for a student, IEP teams should
a. provide services to allow the student to remain in the regular classroom (e.g., supplementary aids and services). b. consider the entire continuum of placement options when determining the student's placement. c. include the student in integrated settings whenever possible (if the student is being placed in a more restrictive setting).
The less a placement resembles the general education environment