A sped director told me some states were “minimum” FAPE states and some were “maximum” FAPE states. Where can I find this concept in writing?
There is no such concept as a minimum and maximum FAPE state.
IDEA says all children with disabilities and who are eligible for an IEP are entitled to FAPE.
You will find FAPE defined in IDEA at 20 U. S. C. § 1401(3)(A)(9) and in the Code of Federal Regulations at 34 C.F.R. § 300.17.
(See Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, pages 51 and 196).
The US Supreme Court in the Rowley case said that FAPE is not the same as “best.”
No state is required to provide what is best for a child, nor to maximize educational performance.
At one point, Massachusetts had a higher state standard, but that has not been upheld by the Courts and I believe that their standard now tracks that in IDEA.
Ask the sped director to provide you with the specific state statute or regulation citation that she is referring to.
Once you have that regulation, compare it to the definition of FAPE in IDEA and the federal regulations.
I bet you will find that it is identical. Word for word!