Pete and Pam Answer Your Questions about FAPE

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November 29, 2016

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If you have a child with a disability, your child is entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE). 20 U. S. C. § 1401(9)

  • Who is responsible for providing FAPE?
  • How can parents document their concerns if they are presented with an inappropriate IEP?

Learn about FAPE, the rules of adverse assumptions, how to tape-record meetings, and how to write thank you letters that document your concerns.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate Pete & Pam answer questions about FAPE. Learn what your child is entitled to under the law and find strategies parents can use when they disagree with the IEP team. Read the new OSEP guidance on FAPE.

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Who is Responsible for Providing an Appropriate Special Ed Program?

My daughter made little or no progress after years of special education. Her IEPs contain vague subjective goals and objectives.

Is the school liable for not providing an appropriate education or is this the responsibility of the parent who signed the IEP?


FAPE is Not the BEST Education

Learn why parents, advocates and evaluators cannot use words like "best" or "maximizing the child's potential" in discussions with school personnel.

Loving Parents includes Four Rules About FAPE.

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Parents Prevail in FAPE Case

Phyllene W. v. Huntsville City (AL) Bd. of Ed.(11th Cir. 2015) Appeals Court ruled that the school denied FAPE by failing to fully evaluate the child in all areas.

Pages 47, 80 in Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2015.

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New Guidance on FAPE

Learn more about FAPE and new 2015 OSEP Guidance that IEP goals must be aligned with grade level state academic content standards.

If a child is performing below grade level, the child needs to receive specialized instruction, the IEP team needs to develop annual goals to "close the gap."

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