Educational Placement



In an IEP, placement refers to the setting where a student will be educated. School districts are legally obligated to place a student in the least restrictive environment (LRE) where they will receive a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). In these resources, parents can learn more about what these terms mean, what some common placement options are, and how to advocate for placements that set our kids up for success.

What does the least restrictive environment mean?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says that children with disabilities must be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE) that will meet their needs. This means that public schools are required to provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all students with disabilities and place them in a classroom with their non-disabled peers to the greatest extent possible. Check out our article about educational placement to see what options may be available for your child.



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