The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children. The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and students with disabilities...Children and students ages three through 21 receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B (United States Department of Education, 2017).The Maryland State Department of Education Juvenile Services Education System (MSDE/JSES) is committed to providing opportunities for Maryland’s students who find themselves involved in the state juvenile justice system. This commitment includes educating students with disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment, with the services and supports needed to facilitate access to the general education curriculum, access to rigor, access to skill attainment to promote positive post-secondary outcomes and we are committed to providing students with disabilities with a free appropriate public education in compliance with IDEA and the Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.05.01 (COMAR).The Maryland State Department of Education Juvenile Services Education System (MSDE/ JSES) provides students residing in the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) residential facilities located across Maryland with daily instructional programming and services. Students enrolled in JSES are provided instruction in all core content areas as well as access to designated career technology education courses comparable to those offered in the other 24 local school systems within Maryland. JSES functions as the local school system for these students and services to ensure optimal educational access. Opportunities are tailored for each student in order to promote their effective and positive transition to the home community and school from DJS facilities.
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