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  1. Karnes, FA; Stephens, KR. "Gifted Education and Legal Issues." International Handbook on Giftedness. Ed. Shavinina, LV. Springer Netherlands, 2009. 1327-1341. [978-1-4020-6161-5], [doi]
    (last updated on 2023/01/01)

    Once gifted children enter school, their parents soon realize the lack of accommodations that are available to address their children’s unique educational needs. With no federal protection under the law and with permissive legislation in many states, gifted children are not afforded the same safeguards as those children protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). This chapter will explore the legal processes (negotiation, mediation, due process, litigation) that parents can utilize in seeking appropriate identification and services for their gifted children. The efforts of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in resolving disputes pertaining to gifted students will also be discussed along with the role that legislation and court cases have had in policy development in gifted education.