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Example: Federal law provides that disabled children receive the same education as nondisabled children. Because this is a broad mandate, regulations created by the U.S. Department of Education guide educators in this process. For example, a regulation may provide that children with disabilities must be tested within a certain amount of time after enrollment in a school. The statute itself does not go into such detail.

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