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House Bill 628, which was passed by the General Assembly on May 28, was sent to the Governor today. The bill provides that parents of children with disabilities must be afforded reasonable access to educational facilities and classrooms for the purpose of observing their children in their current educational placement or for the purpose of visiting a program proposed for their child.

 

In addition, the bill provides that qualified professionals retained by parents of children with disabilities must be afforded reasonable access to educational facilities and classrooms for the purpose of conducting an evaluation of a child. The bill contains notice provisions and certain other requirements.

 

Cari Levin, founder of Citizens for Appropriate Special Education (CASE), testified before the Senate Education Committee in support of the bill. The Governor must sign the bill before it becomes law.