FAPE - Educating Children with Disabilities

Free and Appropriate Public Education

Children with disabilities should receive a free appropriate public education that is provided at public expense, without charge, and emphasizes special education and related services that meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. A FAPE is not the "best possible" education, but provides educational benefit. The concept "appropriate" falls within the range of what public education rather than private education provides.


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IDEA & Section 504ConceptsFair and Appropriate Public EducationChild FindKinds of SchoolsPublic SchoolsPrivate SchoolsSpecial SchoolsDisability Evaluating and Assessingby Parent Requestby School RequestIndependent Educational EvaluationOngoing EvaluationsSpecial Education and Related ServicesSection 504 PlanIndividualized Educational ProgramExtended School YearTransition PlanDispute ProcessDue ProcessState ComplaintOffice of Civil RightsAdministrative AppealMediationDiscplineChange of PlacementManifestation DeterminationInterim Alternative Educational SettingTerms and Definitions

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