School districts track students that are classified with a disability. The committee tries to determine whether services are provided in district or better served out of district. Are there measurements that can be used to compare what is considered “best in class”?
This is a new one. I have never heard that term used in this context.
I can tell you that kids with disabilities are NOT entitled to the “best education” nor to an education that “maximizes potential.”
We advise parents to ban the word “best” from their vocabulary, especially when negotiating with the school for services.
We’ve written a number of articles about “banning the word best.” I’ve copied some links below.
Sometimes these disagreements about educational benefit are called “Cadillac-Chevrolet” disputes.
Remember: In Rowley, the Supreme Court ruled that children are entitled to an appropriate education (i.e. a Chevrolet), not the best education money can buy (a Cadillac).
One Ohio Hearing Officer wrote that the child was entitled to a Chevrolet—and the school district gave him a lemon! (Fayetteville-Perry Sch. District, 20 IDELR 1289 (SEA OH 1994))
Courts have held that while children are not entitled to a Cadillac, they are entitled to a serviceable Chevrolet that runs. Courts have also held that if a child isn’t learning, the school provided a lemon and the school should reimburse.
Banning the word Best
Loving Parents Want What’s “Best” for Child. Your child is not entitled to the “best” education money can buy. The school only needs to provide an “appropriate” program.
Who is Responsible for Providing FAPE? Your child is entitled to a free appropriate education, but not an education that “maximizes” his potential.
Educational Benefit – How Much is Enough?
What makes a program appropriate: Roadmap to FAPE
Anyone else familiar with the term “best in class” used in this context? Please don’t hesitate to comment below.