Articles Stress Administrative Remedies and Determining “Appropriateness”

Special education law is the purview of Perry Zirkel, professor of education and law at Lehigh University. He has written two recent articles in the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, published in the spring 2013 edition. One was entitled, “Adjudicative Remedies for Denials of FAPE under the IDEA”; the second, “‘Appropriate’ Decisions Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.” The first reviewed administrative remedies for denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE), including tuition reimbursement and compensatory education in a set of cases from 2000 to 2012. Implementation was an infrequent issue, but the article discusses procedural and substantive issues. The second article offers pointers for impartial hearing officers (IHOs) in adjudicating cases and determining “appropriateness” of a student’s educational placement.