Four Lessons for Parents about FAPE

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Circulation: 90,637
ISSN: 1538-320
October 30, 2012

Happy student boy with computerParents want the best education for their children with disabilities.

Did the IEP Team suggest you have unrealistically high expectations for your child? Does IDEA guarantee the "best" education?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn why you cannot use "maximizing" your child's potential in discussions with school staff. You will also find the Four Rules about FAPE - a must read for getting the appropriate services for your child.

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Schools Only Need to Provide "Appropriate" Program

Did the parents prevail in Walczak v. Florida Union Free School District? Find out what happened when Loving Parents Want What's Best for Their Child.

Remember the 4 rules:

  1. Your child is NOT entitled to the BEST special education.
  2. Parent testimony carries little weight in the eyes of hearing officers and judges.
  3. School staff will testify that their program is appropriate about 99% of the time.
  4. Parents must have experts who know the child and who are willing to educate the IEP team about the child's unique needs and what an appropriate program must include to meet these needs.
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Parents Really Do Know What Their Children Need!

School staff does not always understand that parents really do know what their children need.

When her son fell further behind, a mother learns how to get the school to provide an appropriate program.

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Retention and FAPE

The school wants to retain my child. They say they know what's best for him.

A program the school considers good may not be adequate or right for your child. What does the research say? Get accurate information about Retention and FAPE.


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