FAPE in the LRE

Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is the foundation of special education. What do these terms really mean? How do we ensure that we are providing FAPE in the LRE? It is critical that all educational staff, including administrators, general and special education teachers, itinerant and ancillary staff, and support staff, understand these terms and the related obligation of each in order to appropriately support students with disabilities.

FAPE in the LRE Resources

IDEA Language

OSERS Dear Colleague Letters

Case Law

MDE-OSE Guidance Documents

Inclusive Practices - Research & Data



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