This Note addresses the challenges that courts face in balancing the legislative purpose of IDEA with its practical application. At its core, IDEA was enacted to preserve the right of all children to a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE), including special needs students who, under the law, have "the right to sit in the same classrooms, to learn the same skills, [and] to dream the same dreams as their fellow Americans." At the same time, IDEA and its amendments emphasize that "parents [need] a greater voice in their children's education." These goals can create a disconnect between what schools must provide to special needs students and what parents wish schools would provide, and it is often up to the courts to strike a balance between the two.

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