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Free Appropriate Public Education

According to the Connecticut State Department of Education, FAPE ensures that special education services are:

  • “provided at public expense, under public supervision and direction and without charge;
  • meet the standards of the state education agency (i.e., the Connecticut State Department of Education);
  • include an appropriate preschool, elementary school, or secondary school education; and
  • provided in conformity with an IEP that meets legal requirements (IDEA 2004).”


Special education and its services must be provided to students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 22 at no extra cost.


Special education and its services must meet two criteria to be deemed “appropriate”:

  • The IEP meets IDEA requirements
  • The IEP allows the student to receive educational benefits

Public Education

An education that is provided by the student’s public school district or an alternative private school if a FAPE cannot be provided. In addition to an education, a student shall have access to related services that support their special education needs.

Read more about FAPE on the Connecticut State Department of Education’s website here:,an%20IEP%20because%20it%20is

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