The U.S. Department of Education has just released guidelines in light of the recent unanimous US Supreme Court Decision Endrew F. vs. Douglas County School District. That decision interpreted the scope of FAPE (free appropriate public education) to mean that a school’s educational program must provide “more than de minimus” educational benefit. “De minimus” is a latin term meaning trivial or minimal. According to the court, “every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives.”

The new guidelines from the government can be found here: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-endrewcase-12-07-2017.pdf

We will also post the document in pdf below so it can be read using Reciteme Text to Speech (click the red button upper left of this browser for text to speech). These guidelines are particularly important for dyslexic families who may see lack of progress in school students fail to receive appropriate remediation or accommodations.

DOE-Endrew-FAPE-IDEA

Download pdf HERE.