Special Education Programs
The Linn-Mar district prides itself on the quality and continuum of special education services and programs offered throughout the district. Our district staff is committed to providing specially designed instruction and related services to eligible learners with disabilities. General education and special education teachers work collaboratively to provide an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment.
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act):
IDEA entitles every student to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE) through their local school district from ages 3 to 21. To ensure a FAPE, a team of professionals from the district meets with the student’s parents/guardians to identify the student’s unique educational needs, develop annual goals for the student, and determine the placement, program modification, testing accommodations, and other special services the student needs. These decisions are recorded in a written Individualized Educational Program (IEP). The school is required to develop and implement an IEP that meets the standards of federal and state educational agencies.
Least Restrictive Environment:
All students with a disability have the opportunity to be educated with non-disabled peers to the greatest extent appropriate. Determining a student’s least restrictive environment (LRE) is the responsibility of the student’s IEP team.