Does IDEA restrict reporting of criminal behavior?


IDEA does not restrict the right of schools, or anyone, to report a crime to appropriate law enforcement and judicial authorities [CFR 300.535(b)(1)].

But, IDEA does require the school--to the extent consistant with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act--to give copies of the child's special education and discipline records to the appropriate authorities for their consideration [CFR 300.535(b)(2)].

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