Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Department of Political Science
United States Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004; Students with disabilities--Education--Law and legislation; Political science; Law; Special education
The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) is a piece of federal legislation that directs schools and districts to provide students with disabilities a "free appropriate public education." It contains numerous legal tools that parents can use to compel schools to develop appropriate educational programming for their children. But does parent-initiated legal action actually cause schools and districts to change their behavior? And if so, does the change in behavior affect the educational outcomes of students with disabilities? This dissertation attempts to answer those questions and determine whether law influences organizational behavior and if it does, whether it positively influences outcomes.
Lowry-Fritz, Maureen A., "Is legal action the right 'idea' : an examination of client-based legal action and its effects on organizational responses to the Individuals with Disablities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA)" (2016). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 3670.
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