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Our Position & Actions On IDEA /Special Education

Our Positions

NEA Priorities for IDEA Reauthorizaton

NEA worked closely with U.S. Representative, Senators, their staffs, and other advocacy groups to improve this landmark legislation. More»

NEA Policy On Policy Behavior Intervention Supports

By official policy NEA supports Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programs because they help teachers recognize the significance of classroom management and preventive school discipline to maximize student success. PBIS strategies are critical to providing all young people with the best learning environment. The full policy statement is available here.

NEA Policy On Response to Intervention

By official policy NEA finds that Response to Intervention (RTI) offers support to all students who need it by focusing assistance on them without labeling them. RTI is seen a a powerful tool that can transform how we address students needs in our schools. The full policy statement is available here.

NEA Policy On Universal Design For Learning

In today’s dynamic, diverse classrooms, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers all educators and students an exciting opportunity to use strategies and technologies that bridge the gap in learner skills, interests, and needs. By accommodating students’ diff erent learning styles, UDL is able to transform instruction into a more engaging, meaningful experience. The full policy statement is available here.

NEA Analysis: IDEA Final Regulations

NEA's preliminary analysis offers a mixed review for the Department of Education's final regulations for implementing the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. The regulations became effective October 13, 2006. More»

Our Actions





Special Education and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).