The Duke Children’s Law Clinic has produced a comprehensive Guide for parents of children with special education needs. The Guide explains the special education law in clear terms so that parents can learn the vocabulary, navigate the special education system, and become an effective advocate for their children. The Guide is especially geared to assist North Carolina parents.
This report, issued by the Children's Law Clinic, documents the practices of school districts in North Carolina as they affect the enrollment of immigrant children in the public schools. While the law is clear that immigrant children who live in North Carolina, including undocumented immigrant children, have a constitutional right to attend public school, our research showed that not all public school districts are meeting their obligations to facilitate the enrollment of immigrant children.
The Children's Law Clinic has released a report, School Vouchers in North Carolina. It gathers and analyzes the available data about the first three years of the operation of the program. The report concludes that the program has been successful at giving a small group of low-income families government support to enroll their children in private, mostly religious schools. It has been unsuccessful, however, in promoting better academic results for the children whose private school tuition is supported by the vouchers.
- Bullying in School: A Parent’s Guide to NC Law
- Report on Characteristics of North Carolina Private Schools
- Watch Parent-to-Parent: Navigating Special Education for Your Child
- Educational Rights of Children
- Brief Summary of Education Rights of Children with Disabilities
- Preparing for Special Education Mediation and Resolution Sessions: A Guide for Families and Advocates
- Section 504
- A Handbook for Parents/Guardians and Students in NC Public Schools
- An Introduction for Parents to the Special Education Process
- The School-to-Prison Pipeline
- Instead of Suspension: Alternative Strategies for Effective School Discipline
- What Everyone Ought to Know about Suspension and Expulsion in North Carolina Public Schools
- N.C. Department of Public Instruction: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/
- N.C. Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children’s Division: http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/
- N.C. Handbook on Parents Rights: Information on the rights of parents with children who have disabilities. http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/parent-resources/parents-rights-handbook
- Alamance-Burlington School System: http://abss.k12.nc.us/
- Caswell County Schools: http://www.caswell.k12.nc.us/
- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools: http://www.chccs.k12.nc.us/
- Chatham County Schools: http://www.chatham.k12.nc.us/
- Durham Public Schools: http://www.dpsnc.net/
- Granville County Schools: http://www.gcs.k12.nc.us/granville/site/default.asp
- Franklin County Schools: http://www.fcschools.net/
- Orange County Schools: http://www.orange.k12.nc.us/
- Person County Schools: http://www.person.k12.nc.us/
- Vance County Schools: http://www.vcs.k12.nc.us/
- Wake County Public Schools: http://www.wcpss.net/index.html
- Warren County Schools: http://www.warrenk12nc.org/
- LD Online: information on learning disabilities. http://www.ldonline.org/
- National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities: National center that provides information regarding disabilities in both English and Spanish. http://www.nichcy.org/
- Learning Disabilities Association of America: National volunteer organization that advocates for individuals with learning disabilities. http://www.ldanatl.org/
- National Center for Learning Disabilities: A national organization to support people with learning disabilities. http://www.ncld.org/
- Wrightslaw: Legal information and advice for parents and advocates. http://www.wrightslaw.com/
- Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html?src=mr
- Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning (at UNC): State organization that works closely within communities to provide support for people with developmental disabilities and their families. http://www.cdl.unc.edu
- CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder http://www.chadd.org/
- Autism Society of North Carolina: http://www.autismsociety-nc.org/
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association: http://www.add.org/
- All Kinds of Minds : A non-profit institute for the understanding of differences in learning: http://www.allkindsofminds.org/
- The ARC of North Carolina: Association dedicated to improving the quality of life and increasing choices for people with disabilities. http://www.arcnc.org/
- Center for Exceptional Children: International professional organization dedicated to improving education for students with disabilities and giftedness. http://www.cec.sped.org/
- The United States Department of Education, IDEA 2004 www.idea.ed.gov/
Family Support Network of North Carolina: Organization that provides support for families with children who have special needs.
Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC): A free training and assistance center for parents of children with disabilities.
- Special Education Guide: A comprehensive website with information about special education. http://www.specialeducationguide.com/
- Affordable Colleges Online: College Guide for Students with Disabilities. http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/spotlight/affordable-colleges-for-students-with-disabilities/
OnlineCollegesDatabase.org: Online Learning for Students with Disabilities
- The Center for Law and Education: A national organization working to bring about change in order to improve the education of low-income students. http://www.cleweb.org/
Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys: A national organization that promotes collaboration between parents and educators with the goal of improving education for children with disabilities.
Disability Rights North Carolina: A private, nonprofit organization offering legal representation to persons with disabilities in North Carolina.
- Health and Disability Advocates: A national organization providing a range of services to promote access to health care and income security for persons with disabilities and persons of low income. The HDA website has a Materials Library with many useful documents, particularly for SSI advocates. http://www.hdadvocates.org/library/index.asp
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – 20 U.S.C. 1400 through 20 U.S.C 1409: Federal law governing the education of children with disabilities.
Federal Regulations implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:
Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities – 34 CFR Part 303
North Carolina Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities
North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 115C: State law governing the education of children with disabilities