Last week I suggested that maybe there can be a middle ground. We received many thoughtful and heartfelt comments on the blog, numerous emails, and reactions on our related facebook special education law group. I believe that this may be a debate worth having- especially with IDEA overdue for an overhaul.
As I have argued here before, special education law is new law. New law is whatever did not come over on the boat from England . The cycle of change is a part of the deal: amendments to the law, new federal regs, new state regs, some hearing officer decisions, some court rulings. Just when we all are pretty comfortable, it's time for reauthorization and amending the law once again. The cycle of change continues.
So change is not foreign to this area of the law. In fact we embrace it. So why not reconsider the FAPE standard?
This change would have to come from Congress . One District Court held that the FAPE standard was outdated, after a very long delay the decision was reversed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals . Congress will be eventually reauthorizing IDEA, it is overdue, and amendments will be considered.
So what do you think? Please let me know.