Least Restrictive Environment
Publication Date: April 2023
The Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is one of the six main principles of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). LRE is a term that simply means being in a general education classroom where students with and without disabilities are learning together. Use this fact sheet to learn all about LRE, the decision-making process for LRE, and questions and considerations for parents regarding LRE.