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5 Basics About Appropriate Education for Kids with Special Needs

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1. All Children Are Entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Free Appropriate Publication Education (FAPE) is a term used in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

FAPE provides all kids—regardless of whether or not they have a disability—the right to a free, appropriate education at public expense. This means that school districts must ensure that each student is assigned to an appropriate educational program after the student has been properly tested.