Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
IDEA requires to the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities, including students in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with students in the general education classroom. Special classes, separate schools or other removal of students with disabilities from the general education classroom occurs only when the nature or severity of the student’s disability is such that education in the general education classroom with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. The placement/LRE decision is based on the student’s unique needs and not on the student’s disabilities.
Once a child qualifies for an IEP, the school works together with the child’s guardian to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The child’s IEP guides the type, scope and assignment of services and supports the child receives from Chicago Public Schools in the Least Restrictive Environment.
At CPS, the first placement option considered for students with disabilities is a Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), which is a regular education classroom that provides supplemental aids and services as needed. By offering and providing multiple varied types of teaching models, students will receive instruction that best meets their needs and provides more opportunity for success.