Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE): Is my Child Receiving One?Any school district that accepts federal funds for assistance in the education of children with disabilities must comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act’s (“IDEA”) mandates as a condition of receiving the funds. The goals of IDEA include "ensur[ing] that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education" (“FAPE”) and "ensur[ing] that the rights of children with disabilities and parents of such children are protected." IDEA includes provisions governing four areas of particular relevance which are:
- Procedures to be followed when developing a child's IEP
- criteria governing the sufficiency of an education provided to a child
- Mechanisms for review that must be made available when there are objections to the IEP or to other aspects of IDEA proceedings
- The requirement in certain circumstances that States reimburse parents for various expenses.