Policy & Legislation

We will do our best to keep you updated on what is happening in Washington and in courts around the country and how it might affect you as a paraeducator. This page maintains information about:

Any questions you have regarding our posted information may be directed to the PAR²A Center staff. We would also appreciate being alerted to any new information that you may have regarding court cases or legislation that affects the work of paraeducators.

No Child Left Behind Act


The U.S. Department of Education announced that it will give paraprofessionals an additional semester (end of the 2005-2006 school year) to show that they meet the job qualification requirements for paraprofessionals of No Child Left Behind.

6-15-05 Letter from US Dept of Ed on deadlines for Title I paraeducators to meet certain qualifications (PDF)

The U. S. Department of Education’s non-regulatory guidance on Title I Paraprofessionals published March 1, 2004 answers questions about the standards.

The National Education Association has published an article answering some questions for both teachers and paraprofessionals regarding No Child Left Behind.

2004 Re-authorization of P.L. 94-142 (IDEA)

The U.S. Department of Education has announced proposed regulations to implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). The Department has posted an unofficial copy.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) offers a quick side by side document showing differences with IDEA 1997.

None posted at this time.