- LRE has been an aspect of special education law since 1975, when there was widespread public concern about children with disabilities historically being segregated and denied equitable education.
- Research shows that children of all abilities learn social skills from one another when they learn side-by-side.
- Some Washington schools struggle to support access to general education programs and settings for students with disabilities. In 2019, that only 56 percent of students with disabilities are included in general education settings for 80-100 percent of the school day.
- A student is placed in a more restrictive setting when the IEP team agrees that the student needs a different placement for education to be appropriately accessible.
- Help from a paraeducator might be part of the support services that enable a student to access learning in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Note that a paraeducator is a service, not a placement. Having a 1:1 to help in the classroom does not violate LRE. This topic was included in the resolution of a 2017 Citizen Complaint. Read on for more detail.
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