The FAPE Standard Stays Put

Volume 31, No. 1

The standard in our circuit (the First Circuit Court of Appeals) for judging Individualized Education Programs (or IEPs) remains good law in the wake of Endrew F. – so says the First Circuit in a recent decision out of Massachusetts. In Johnson v. Boston Public Schools, the First Circuit ended speculation that the Supreme Court had raised the standard for a “free and appropriate education” or FAPE in Endrew F. According to the First Circuit: “In our view, the standard applied in this circuit comports with that dictated by Endrew F.” As a result, the “meaningful educational benefit” standard applied by the First Circuit remains good law. Here are the details of the case…..To continue reading, visit

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