Finding the IDEA Legislation/Regulations


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There are four ways that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) is referenced and they all use a different numbering system.

1.    When a bill is signed into law by the President it is sent to the Office of the Federal Register to be assigned a law number. IDEA 2004 is Public Law 108-446. You may also see it referred to as Pub. L. 108-446.

2.    The Federal Register also includes the legislation in the United States Statutes at Large. This is the actual legislation by congress and it is filed by: Year, Congressional Number, Congressional Session, Volume. The IDEA 2004 can be found at Year 2004, 108th Congress, 2nd Session, (Volume 118) Statute 2647

3.    The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives. It is organized by Titles and education is Title 20. Chapter 33 – Education of Individuals with Disabilities contains Sections 1400 – 1482.

4.    The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is an annual codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. Title 34 contains all regulations associated with education and helps explain the legislation. IDEA 2004 is referred to as 34 CFR Part 300.