U.S. Supreme Court Issues Important Ruling on Special Education

On March 22, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. [http://www.wrightslaw.com/law/caselaw/2017/ussupct.endrew.douglas.15-827.pdf] in favor of children with special needs and their parents. The 20-page decision clarifies the purpose of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). The court ruled that schools must do more than provide a “merely more than de minimis” education program to a student with a disability. “The IDEA demands more,” Chief Justice Roberts said. “It requires an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”

Many people are viewing this ruling as a game changer in special education. To learn more, check out these resources:

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