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1. Pete & Pam Answer Your Questions About FAPE, How to Document Concerns, How to Tape Record Meetings, and More
"My daughter made little or no progress after years of special education. Her IEPs contain vague subjective goals and objectives. If our case goes to due process, is the school liable for not providing an appropriate education? Or, is this the responsibility of the parent who signed the IEP?"
Who is responsible for providing FAPE? How can parents document their concerns if they are presented with an inappropriate IEP?
In Who is Responsible for Providing an Appropriate Special Ed Program, Pete & Pam answer these questions and describe strategies parents can use when they disagree with the IEP team.
2. Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE): Review
IEP time is just around the corner. It's time to brush up on your knowledge about special education rights and responsibilities. If you have a child with a disability, your child is entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
You will find FAPE defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) at 20 U. S. C. § 1401(9) (in Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004, page 36, and in Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, page 140)
How can you tell if your child is receiving educational benefit from the special education program? If you compare the child's educational achievement test scores over time, you will know if your child is receiving educational benefit.
3. Put a Wrightslaw Training Program on Your To Do List!
If you want to attend a Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Training Program before the 2005-2006 school year ends, you need to act now. Time is running out.
March 15: Annapolis, MD - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You! Speakers: Pete Wright, Pam Wright, Wayne Steedman
March 30: April 2: Phoenix, AZ - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training at the Annual Conference of the Council of Parents Attorneys Advocates. Speakers: Pete Wright, Pam Wright, Wayne Steedman, Pat Howey
April 7-8: Lancaster, PA - Special Ed Law & Advocacy BOOT CAMP. Please download, print and distribute the Conference Brochure & Registration Form.
May 11: Springfield, MA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training
Because the child's special education program should be designed to meet the child's unique needs, the services in IEPs will vary from one child to the next. These articles will help you understand how courts have defined a "free appropriate public education" for children with different disabilities and needs.
Retained Child Entitled to FAPE
5. Evans v. Rhinebeck: Your Roadmap to FAPE
How do hearing officers and judges determine if a child is receiving FAPE?
In Evans v. Rhinebeck: Your Road to FAPE, you will learn the differences between procedural and substantive issues, how judges view educational benefit, and how to use test scores to show educational benefit - or lack of benefit.
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