"Why Not the Best?" - 4 Lessons About FAPE

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February 24, 2015

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happy mom and daughter at computerWe receive many questions from parents about how to get the BEST program for their child or a program that maximizes the child's potential.

  • Is your child entitled to the best program?
  • Is your child entitled to a program that maximizes the child's potential?

FAPE is an individualized educational program that is designed to meet the child's unique needs and from which the child receives educational benefit.

Parents need to understand the concept of - FAPE v. maximizing or "best".

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about the legal concept of free, appropriate public education (FAPE). Find out how the courts have interpreted the meaning of "appropriate" education and the caselaw that supports this concept.

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Four Lessons About FAPE

Why not the best program for your child? Learn the answer to this question and find four lessons about FAPE in the article...

Loving Parents Want What's Best for Their Child


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Wrightslaw Guide to a Free Appropriate Education

If you have a child with a disability, your child is entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

To answer your questions, we built the FAPE page with links to articles, cases, and other resources.


Wrightslaw: All About IEPs

FAPE Defined in IDEA

The legal concept of FAPE is defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA).

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition. 20 U. S. C. § 1401(9) page 51.

Code of Federal Regulations at 34 C.F.R. § 300.17 page 196.

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Eliminate the Word 'Best' from your Vocabulary

The best program for my child is an evidenced-based reading program. Can I insist the school use this program?

When you make requests, keep in mind that your child is entitled to an appropriate program. Not best.


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