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State and federal rules govern everything we do at the Oregon Department of Education. The links on this page provide information on many of the most important rules. You can also
read about the state rules process.
ESEA has been the major federal funding mandate for public schools. This page will be updated periodically, as these programs transition to ESSA.
IDEA was passed by Congress in 1990, replacing the Education for All Handicapped Children Act which had been in place since 1975. It ensures that students with disabilities receive Free Appropriate Public Education tailored to their specific needs.
ESSA was approved by Congress and signed into law in December 2015. It requires states to create an education plan, providing more flexibility in the use of federal funds.
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