FAPE, stands for a Free Appropriate Public Education. This terminology is the cornerstone of the Special Education Law. Its purpose is to insure targeted instruction and individualized supports to permit most students with disabilities to participate successfully in the regular education main system. While the word “Appropriate” seems obvious, it is not.
The definition of appropriate is a hotly contested area involving competing interests between parents and school administrators. Children receiving special education services are not entitled to the best public education. They are, however, entitled to an education that is appropriate and tailored to meet their child’s unique needs. If you believe that your child is not receiving FAPE, you must request a team meeting with the school district. At the team meeting you can try and resolve the matter. In circumstances where resolution cannot be achieved, then you have the right to request a hearing for prompt resolution.