What is Special Education?

Special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and instruction in physical education. Special education includes each of the following if the services otherwise meet the requirements of the first paragraph: speech-language pathology services, travel training, and vocational education. [34 CFR 300.39(a)]

Special Education Regulations and Procedural Safeguards

State Regulation: Chapter 101/MUSER
http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/laws/chapter101.pdf. (PDF,
755KB) Rule chapter that is specific to the education of children with disabilities in Maine Department of Education Regulations, Chapter 101, Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty (MUSER).

Procedural Safeguards

What is Section 504? 

Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. It requires the needs of students with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled. The student's disability would be a physical and/or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working).

Section 504 FAQs for parents and guardians 

Gifted and Talented

The Cape Elizabeth School Committee policy on Gifted and Talented Education (IHBB), adopted May 10, 1977 and revised on September 13, 2005 states that, "Education should provide each gifted and/or talented learner with varied programs that challenge and motivate him/her to reach his/her fullest potential. The Board directs the Superintendent, or his/hers designee to develop and implement appropriate programs in compliance with applicable laws and regulations." 

English Language Learner (ELL)

A non-native English speaking student who has difficulty with English. Sometimes referred to as limited-English-proficient (LEP). All public schools have to offer ELL students some kind of appropriate education and the federal government helps pay for this education.

Pre-Referral Procedures- (RTI)

Pre-Referral procedures are general education procedures involving regular benchmark assessments of all children, using Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM), to monitor child progress and identify those children who are at risk of failing.  Children who are at risk receive responsive interventions in the general education program that attempt to resolve the presenting problems of concern.  General educators are encouraged to confer with specialist and teaching professionals, but general education personnel are responsible for the implementation of the intervention.

CE Special Ed Parents' Group

Child Find Notice

    Cape Elizabeth Schools has a duty to locate, evaluate and identify any child between the ages of 5 and 20 who is residing/attending school in the District who qualifies for Special Education services or Section 504 accommodations or services. 
    Children eligible for special education include those children with disabilities who have autism, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, hearing, cognitive, orthopedic, speech or language, visual or other health impairment, specific leaning disability, or traumatic brain injury and who, because of such impairment require special education services. 
    Children eligible for Section 504 accommodations or services include those children who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. 
    If you suspect your child has a disability and may require special education or 504 accommodations, or if you would like additional information, please contact your child’s teacher, principal, or call Special Services Director, Jessica Clark at 799-2217 x269.
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