Free appropriate public education

Mitchell L. Yell, Jean B. Crockett, James G. Shriner, Michael Rozalski

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This chapter examines the definition of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and shows how the meaning of FAPE has evolved. It reviews cases that have examined the FAPE principle, including the first special education case heard by the U. S. Supreme Court, Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson School District v. Rowley. A number of post-Rowley rulings, however, have held that technical violations of the IDEA may not violate the FAPE requirement of the IDEA if they result in no harm to the student's education. The Rowley and Endrew decisions have provided the framework for courts to determine whether students were provided with a FAPE. The IDEA now embraces research, progress monitoring, and demonstrated results for students with disabilities. The chapter offers guidance to school districts to meet this most important principle of the IDEA.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Special Education
EditorsJames M Kauffman, Daniel P Hallahan, Paige Cullen Pullen
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315517698
ISBN (Print)9781138699144
StatePublished - May 25 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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