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LRE and Placement


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by Barbara Bateman, Ph.D., J.D.

44 min


LRE and Placement

US National

44 min


Seldom have three words caused more controversy and confusion in special education than the words “least restrictive environment.”

Placement of children with disabilities is one of the most difficult questions in Special Education. While federal law is clear that each child should be educated in the least restrictive environment, it’s not always clear what that means for each child. Naturally, there is no one answer for all children. This course will help you to look at LRE and placement from a variety of aspects. While aspects of the law are covered in great detail, you’ll also learn about disputes and their implications. Educators completing this course will be more informed and sensitive to the issues regarding placement and inclusion.





Course Author


Barbara Bateman, Ph.D., J.D.

Professor Emeritus of Special Education, University of Oregon

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