My wife teaches Jr. High and every night for the past few weeks she's complained about an autistic child who makes it nearly impossible for her to teach. The child wanders around the front of the classroom during lessons, sticks pencils in his ears (the tip), shouts words over and over so that my wife has to stop teaching until he finishes, tells my wife to shut-up, pulls things off the walls, goes into the hallway and walks around shouting, etc. According to my wife, the child's parents claim their son must be allowed in regular classes by law. From the reading I've done, I'm not so sure that's true. The law seem very vague... "The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) provides that each state must establish procedures to assure that, to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities... are educated with children who are not disabled" Key words - "maximum extent appropriate" I understand Autism is a terrible thing and these parents only want the best for their son. But at what cost to others? My wife can't even teach. She feels so far behind and worries the other kids aren't learning. How far can this go until the other children's rights are violated?