Education


"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." -Ignacio Estrada

Maine Department of Education



"The Maine Department of Education's mission is to provide leadership and to collaborate with educators and learning communities in order to ensure that every learner has the opportunity to be successful. The Department is working toward an education system that engages and challenges every student, is customized to each student's individual needs and harnesses the power of technology to enhance and individualize learning."

     http://www.maine.gov/doe

MDOE Special Education



"The Office of Special Services is responsible for the state's oversight and support for the delivery of all special education services provided in Maine under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This includes early intervention services to eligible children age birth to under age three and their families, provided under IDEA, Part C, and Free Appropriate Public Education to eligible children age three to 20, provided under IDEA, Part B. The Office of Special Services is also responsible for meeting the state's responsibilities under IDEA"

     http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/index.html

MDOE Special Education & Individuals with Disabilities Education Act



"The Office of Special Services is responsible for the state's oversight and support for the delivery of all special education services provided in Maine under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This includes early intervention services to eligible children age birth to under age three and their families, provided under IDEA, Part C, and Free Appropriate Public Education to eligible children age three to 20, provided under IDEA, Part B. The Office of Special Services is also responsible for meeting the state's responsibilities under IDEA"

     http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/index.html

     http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/idea/

Maine Unified Special Education Regulations (MUSER) - Chapter 101



"This rule governs the administration of the child find system for children age birth to twenty, the provision of early intervention services to eligible children birth to under age 3 (B-2) with disabilities and their families, and the provision of special education and related services to eligible children age three to twenty with disabilities and their families, implementing 20-A MRSA Chapters 301, and 303 and amendments thereto"

     (MUSER) - Chapter 101 - August 2017 final (PDF)

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)



"The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.

The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities."

     https://sites.ed.gov/idea/about-idea/#

U.S. Department of Education



"ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access."

     https://www2.ed.gov/about/landing.jhtml

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)



"The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts."

     https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html

Office of Civil Rights



"The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights."

     https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

Maine Parent Federation



"Maine Parent Federation (MPF), in existence since 1984, is a private non-profit organization. MPF provides information, referral, one on one telephone support, and training to parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs and the professionals who work with these families through numerous grant-funded projects. Our services are offered at no cost to parents and are available statewide."

     http://mpf.org/

Wrightslaw



"Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities."

     http://www.wrightslaw.com/