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Exceptional Student Services – (Special Education)
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The purpose of this part is:
a. To ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free and appropriate public education that includes special education and related services to meet their unique needs;
b. To ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected;
c. To assist States and localities to provide for the education of all children with disabilities; and
d. To assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate those children.

     P.L. 94-142, Sec. 300.1



“No other wise qualified handicapped individual shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

     P.L. 93-113, Section 504



“The General Assembly, recognizing the obligation of the State of Colorado to provide educational opportunities to all children which will enable them to lead fulfilling and productive lives, declares that the purpose of this article is to provide means for educating those children who are exceptional. The final determination for the placement in a special education program of any eligible exceptional child shall be made by the Board of Education of the school district of the child’s residence, subject to the provisions of this article. It is the intent of the General Assembly, in keeping with accepted educational principles, that handicapped children shall be educated in the least restrictive environment. To this end, the services of special education personnel shall be utilized within the regular school programs to the maximum extent permitted by good educational practices, both in rendering services directly to children and in providing consultative services to regular classroom teachers.”

    C.R.S. 22-2-122