Laws and Regulations

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Individual Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) 2004 became law in December 2004 with implementing regulations released in August 2006.  The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP's) website includes resources related to IDEA 2004 and provides links to Titles and specific parts of IDEA.

For detailed information on federal and Maryland laws and regulations, as well as dispute resolution resources, check out the resources below.

Federal Regulations


Download IDEA law and Part B regulations as published in the Federal Register.

Complete IDEA Law

Download: pl108-446.pdf

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Part B Regulations

Download: 06-6656.pdf

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Part B of IDEA, Assistance for Education of All Children with Disabilities, addresses preschool special education

Individualized Education Program (IEP) regulations

Procedural Safeguards regulation

Topic sections on the website include topic briefs, video clips, training materials and presentations:

Maryland Regulations

-Related Resource

Review the Statewide Policies and Procedures for Transition from Part C to Part B.


Statewide Policies and Procedures for Transition from Part C to Part B

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Maryland State Department of Education regulations incorporate the federal regulations, and are compiled in the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).   COMAR contains 33 Titles, with each Title corresponding to a department or agency; COMAR Subtitle 05 was amended in 2007 and includes Special Instruction Programs relevant to preschool special education services.

The procedural safeguards notice includes a full explanation of parental rights of children receiving special education services.

Dispute Resolution in Special Education

Click on the link below to explore both national and state guidelines for the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs.


Dispute Resolution in Special Education