What is Special Education?
Special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and instruction in physical education. Special education includes each of the following if the services otherwise meet the requirements of the first paragraph: speech-language pathology services, travel training, and vocational education. [34 CFR 300.39(a)]What is Gifted and Talented? (GATES)
Chapter 104:EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED CHILDREN
SUMMARY:Maine law requires school administrative units to establish educational programs for gifted and talented children by 1991-1992 in the schools of the unit. This rule establishes the gifted and talented education program standards governing each school administrative unit in the state and adopts procedures for ascertaining compliance with all applicable, legal requirements for the establishment, approval, and funding of such programs as authorized by Title 20-A, section 8101, et seq. and section 15603, sub-section 22(c). English Language Learner (ELL)
A non-native English speaking student who has difficulty with English. Sometimes referred to as limited-English-proficient (LEP). All public schools have to offer ELL students some kind of appropriate education and the federal government helps pay for this education.