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People often ask me what "FAPE" and "IEP" mean. This is a good question. At a conference I attended a few years ago, a success story former special education student told the group, "You all speak in alphabet soup." It is a tough habit to break, but the criticism is valid.
The IDEA defines “child with a disability” as a child:
IDEA, Section 602(3)
The IDEA defines “FAPE” as:
special education and related services that:
The IDEA defines “special education” as:
IDEA, Section 602(29).
Holding that FAPE required a potential maximizing standard, the District Court ruled in favor of the student. The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed. See, Rowley, 102 S.Ct. at 3040.