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May 13, 2020

What is compensatory education (comp ed) and who needs to know about it? It's what children with disabilities are entitled to when they don't get the services in their IEP (sound like anyone you know?) and the person who needs to know about it is YOU! Comp ed is educational services awarded to students with disabilities to make up for services they missed because of the school's failure to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), students are entitled to these services not only to make up for missed hours but to bring a student back up to where they would have been had they received the services in the first place. Hearing offices and courts may grant comp ed service to students with disabilities when the school failed to provide FAPE. Typically, compensatory service are provided outside of regular ongoing services. Today we speak with Piper Paul, another veteran special education attorney, about what compensatory services are, why you may need them, and how they will apply in our "new normal." You can find more about Piper on her website: