FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 27, 2001
Contact: Janet Eveleth
MSBA PR (410) 685-7878 ext. 225

STATE BAR AIDS CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS

Over thirteen percent of the students in Maryland's public school system have special education needs. To assist these children and their parents with the educational and legal challenges they face, the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) is offering a new public awareness brochure, School Law in Maryland: Educational Rights of Children with Special Needs, free to the public as a community service. This MSBA pamphlet offers basic information on the legal rights and protections afforded under the law to guarantee children with disabilities the right to a free and appropriate public education.

In 1999, 111,711 out of the 846,582 students in public schools across this state required special education, according to the Maryland State Department of Education. Many of these children are eligible for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). MSBA's public awareness brochure on special education addresses these services as well as the child and parents' legal rights to these services. Attorneys with legal expertise in special education volunteered to prepare it.

The Educational Rights of Children with Special Needs brochure is the latest in MSBA's series of 24 public awareness legal information pamphlets that the Association offers to the public and community organizations free of charge as a public service. These brochures provide basic legal information on everything from divorce and separation, wills and estates, domestic violence and bankruptcy to the rights of landlords and tenants and filing for workers' compensation. For more information, or a free copy of any or all of MSBA's legal information guides, contact Ruth Ballard at (410) 685-7878, extension 224 or check MSBA's website at www.msba.org, where each brochure is posted in its entirety under Publications.

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