Where are special education services provided?
Each student must be placed in the least restrictive environment, or LRE, in which he or she can learn. For most students with disabilities, that means the general education classroom. Special classes or separate schools will be considered only when the nature or severity of the disability means that a student cannot learn in a general education setting even with supplementary aides and services (which could include teacher aides, assistive technology and other supports). Some special education classes and other programs may be provided through the ACCEPT Collaborative or other public school collaboratives. In all cases, special education programs and services must be provided in the least restrictive environment. Unless a child's IEP requires another setting, the child should be educated in the school he or she would attend if he or she did not have a disability.