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Mrs. Trejo

Phone: (323) 268-1031

General Information

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Federal law governing special education, requires participating states to have policies and procedures to ensure that:

“A free appropriate public education is available to children with disabilities residing in the State between the ages of  three and  21, inclusive, including children  with disabilities  who have  been suspended or expelled from school”

California law declares that:

“All individuals with disabilities with exceptional needs have a right to participate in free appropriate public education and that special education instruction and services for these persons are needed in order to ensure them of the right to an appropriate educational opportunity to meet their unique needs”

Since it is the commitment and obligation of the LAUSD and its staff to ensure that students with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE), the following questions and answers are designed to help the user understand FAPE and the over-arching logic of special education policies and procedures.

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