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Guide to Special Education and Other Legal Information

The intended purpose of the guide is to provide special education information in an easy to understand manner.  The primary audience of this guide is parents, education advocates, self-advocates, and other legal decision-makers of students with exceptionalities.  Parents are to share in the responsibility for developing educational plans for their students.  This active role requires parents to have information about the special education process and requirements.

This guide has been written to help parents and other educational decision-makers understand the special education process.  Special education is not a place to which one or a group of students in a school goes; it is supportive services that are given to students so that they may progress in and be a part of the general education curriculum.  All students are general education students and all students benefit from their parents being involved in their education, not just the special education part of it.

Guide to Special Education (English) (PDF)
Parents Rights Document (Notices/Forms)
Kansas Special Education Process Handbook

Kansas Parent Information and Resource Centers

Disability Rights Center of Kansas (DRC)

DRC is an advocate for the civil and legal rights of Kansans with disabilities.  DRC also educates policymakers on needed improvements to the law, programs and public policy.

Families Together, Inc.
Families Together, Inc. is a statewide organization that assists parents and their sons and daughters with disabilities.  Each year, Families Together Inc. provides, without fees, direct support to more than 12,000 Kansas families.

The Mission of Infinitec is to advance independence and promote inclusive opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through technology.  The Infinitec staff helps people with disabilities find and get access to information, technology services, training, assistive equipment and specialists by creating partnerships that maximize resources.

Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC)
KPIRC promotes meaningful parent involvement at all levels of education and provides information and resources to help parents, educators and other organizations promote the educational success of every Kansas child.

Keys for Networking, Inc.
Keys serves and empowers parent clients through the programs listed to assist with children and adolescents who have behavioral, education, emotional, mental health, physical health, and substance abuse problems.

Special Education Due Process Hearing Decisions

These are all of the decisions of Kansas special education due process hearing officers from 2010 to the present, including the decisions of state review officers in those cases in which an appeal was filed. Each decision has been redacted to remove the identification of the school district and any personally identifiable information of the student or the student’s parents. The initial file number represents the fiscal year in which the case was filed and the letters immediately following the initial file number represent the kind of hearing held. DP stands for due process hearing and EP stands for expedited due process hearing. Accordingly 10EP-001 signifies a 2010 expedited due process hearing and 11DP-001 signifies a 2011 due process hearing. The case citation of 10EP-001 Appeal Review signifies the decision of the state review officer for case number 10EP-001. All files are PDF.

10EP-001    10EP-001 Appeal Review
11DP-001    11DP-001 Appeal Review

Special Education Legal Questions:

Mark Ward

Laura Jurgensen

Julie Ehler

Team Pages

Main Team Page
Early Childhood
Special Education
Title Services
Reports and Collections
Fact Sheets
Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) (external link)
Kansas’ Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) (external link)

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Evelyn Alden

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