Special Education Interactive Law Timeline

Timeline created by melissm
  • 1st State

    1st State
    Massachusetts was the 1st state to pass a compulsory education law. (Yell, 2012, p. 46) Yell, M. L. (2012). The law and special education (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • 2nd State

    2nd State
    Vermont was the second state following Massachusetts to pass a compulsory education law in 1867. (Yell, 2012, p. 46) Yell, M. L. (2012). The law and special education (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    In this case, the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This was one of the greatest cases in the 20th century, (Yell, 2012) Yell, M. L. (2012). The law and special education (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • The Elementary and Secondary Education Act

    The Elementary and Secondary Education Act
    This Act was passed by Lyndon Johnson to assist states in providing services to children with special needs in certain groups by direct funding from the government. This was the first law that provided federal funding. (Yell, 2012) Yell, M. L. (2012). The law and special education (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Mills v. Board of Education

    Mills v. Board of Education
    The ruling in this case became part of the foundation for future education laws, requiring schools to provide an education for all students regardless of their disability.
  • Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Citizens v. Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Citizens v. Pennsylvania
    This was one landmark case in which the court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, requiring schools to provide an education to children with mental retardation.
  • Section 504

    Section 504
    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination of people with disabilities who are connected to services receiving federal funds. Section 504 was the "first federal civil rights law to protect the rights of persons with disabilities" (Yell, 2012, p. 52). Yell, M. L. (2012). The law and special education (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Education for All Handicapped Children Act

    Education for All Handicapped Children Act
    This law provided federal funding for states that provided a free appropriate publication for students with disabilities.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act

    The Americans with Disabilities Act
    This civil rights act protects individuals with disabilities in both private and public services.
  • Improving America's Schools Act

    Improving America's Schools Act
    This act was a reauthorization of ESEA and focused on holding schools accountable for student assessments. The act was later revised in the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • No Child Left Behind

    No Child Left Behind
    The No Child Left Behind Act is the most recent reauthorization of ESEA, which focuses on bringing students up to state standards.The movement from assistance to accountability can be seen in the reauthorizations of ESEA. (Yell, 2012) Yell, M. L. (2012). The law and special education (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Assistive Technology Act

    Assistive Technology Act
    Assistive Technology Act The Assistive Technology Act of 2004 provides individuals with disabilities the accessibility to numerous technoloy that may assist them in their daily lives.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004

    Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004
    IDEIA 2004 In 2004, IDEA was amended, renamed, and now requires services and special education for all students with disabilities.
  • Guidelines and Outcomes for Young Children

    Guidelines and Outcomes for Young Children
    Guidelines and Outcomes Educators in NH created guidelines and outcomes for young children ages 3-5 based on the requirements in IDEA.
  • Part B of IDEA

    Part B of IDEA
    Part B regulations in IDEA were published on this day for school aged children, including children in preschool.
  • New Hampshire Rules

    New Hampshire Rules
    NH Rules On this day the New Hampshire Rules for Children with Disabilities was amended (originally in place June 30, 2008). The NH Rules portray NH'S requirements of multiple federal laws.
  • Part C of IDEA

    Part C of IDEA
    Part C At this time, final regulations for Part C (birth to age 2) were published covering multiple topics under IDEA, such as child find, IFSP, transition processes, and early education programs.
  • NH Procedural Safeguards

    NH Procedural Safeguards
    Safeguards The NH Procedural Safeguards are based on IDEA 2004 and the NH Rules. The document includes rights of parents and students in the special education process.
  • Doug C. v. Hawaii, 2013

    Doug C. v. Hawaii, 2013
    Case This is an important case to be aware of as it further illustrates the need for parental participation in the IEP process.
  • Flexibility Waiver

    Flexibility Waiver
    Waiver In June, NH received a flexibility waiver under the NCLB law by Arne Duncan for multiple sections in the law. This waiver helps NH schools focus on closing acievement gaps while assisting the students in need of services.