General Education Resources:

1) Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB)

2) Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

3) Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools

4) Illinois Association of School Administrators

5) Illinois Association of Private Special Education Centers (IAPSEC)

6) AdvancED

7) Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)


Federal and State Legislation:

1) State of Illinois General Assembly

Has search engine of any currently pending house or senate bill and resolution. This resource allows you to also review: house and senate sponsors, bill summary, full text of bill, any proposed changes to the bill and bill status.

2) Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR)

3) Illinois Compiled Statutes

4) Illinois Administrative Code (Regulations)

5) U.S. Department of Education

6) U.S. Code (Statutes)

7) U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

8) U.S. Senate

9) U.S. House of Representatives


Educational Research Databases:

1) American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group (AERA SIG)

2) Education Resources Information Center (ERIC):

3) Education World

4) The Educator’s Reference Desk

5) Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

6) Gateway to Educational Materials


Special Education Law Resources:

1) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The I.D.E.A. is the federal law that governs special education law in the U.S. This law allows for individual states to offer greater, but not lesser protections for qualified disabled individuals. I.D.E.A. remains the fundamental basis for special education law in all fifty states.

2) Illinois special education statute (school code)

The state laws that implement I.D.E.A. and govern special education procedures in Illinois. These statutes are further delineated in Illinois’ special education rules and regulations (see below).

3) Illinois special education rules and regulations

Title 23, Part 226 of the Illinois Administrative Code further regulates and explains the duties and responsibilities of both parents and school districts in regards to special education children in Illinois. Information included in these regulations include: mandates for case study evaluations, mandates for IEP procedures, responsibilities of districts for children in private schools and regulations for due process.

4) Illinois Due Process Hearing Decisions

Includes summaries of all Illinois due process hearing decisions rendered from July 1997 – present. To receive unabridged, redacted copies of specific hearing decisions, contact Bobbie Reguly in the Special Education Compliance Division of the Illinois State Board of Education at (217) 782-5589.

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