What is the True Meaning of FAPE?

Riding the school bus is largely a privilege and not a right. Many states spell this out in their regulations. However, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates the related service of transportation as a right of certain students to receive a free and appropriate education, or FAPE, based upon their needs as related in their Individualized Education Program. Likewise, Title I and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act mandate that schools provide transportation service for low-income and at-risk students.

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Keynote Highlights Legalities of Transporting Students with Disabilities

FRISCO, Texas — Transporting students with special needs carries with it many regulations and procedures. Aside from the extended list of requirements, those involved with the transportation must fully comprehend the legal principals that are the motives for the procedures implemented.  That was the goal of general session on day five of the TSD Conference here.

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TSD Conference Keynote Davidson Delivers 'Precious Cargo'

FRISCO, Texas – After spending a year driving a special needs school bus, Craig Davidson wrote about his evolving relationship with each student who struggled physically, emotionally and socially, and how the “precious cargo” in his care changed his life.

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Attendee Perspective on TSD Conference: Monday

We sat down again today with Tony Pollard, transportation supervisor for Baldwin County Board of Education in Alabama to get his perspective on Monday’s sessions. Here’s what he had to say:

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Burns: When Student Behavior Is Not an IEP Issue

The title of the TSD Conference Sunday session, “Not All Behavior is an IEP Matter: The Case for Pushback,” certainly leaves us wondering what the rule really is. If behavior that’s at issue is not addressed in the IEP, then isn’t finding a way to minimize disruptive behavior a matter of discretion rather than mandate?

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Attendee Perspective on TSD Conference: Sunday

FRISCO, Texas — Tony Pollard is the supervisor of transportation for Baldwin County Board of Education in Alabama and an attendee at this year’s TSD Conference in Frisco, Texas. We are catching up with him periodically during the week to record his insights from the event and the takeaways he is gleaning.

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