Least Restrictive Environment

Logo: The Parents' Place of Maryland
Source: The Parents' Place of Maryland
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.

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