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What Does Special Education Ruling Mean for Your Student?

Date Published: 
December 14, 2017

What does a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on special education mean for your student with a disability? A federal agency recently released a document explaining the Court's ruling that schools must provide a meaningful education to students with disabilities. The case arose when the parents of Endrew F., a boy with autism, sued the Douglas County, Colorado, school district. Endrew failed to make progress in public school but thrived in a private school for students with disabilities. His parents sought to have his private school tuition paid by the school district. In March 2017, the Court unanimously ruled in favor of Endrew, noting that, "every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives" at school.

Attorney Maureen van Stone, the associate director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities and director of Project HEAL, said, “The U.S. Department of Education issued a helpful resource last week, and this will have a significant impact for children, their parents, advocates, and attorneys across the country. I strongly encourage parents raising children with disabilities who qualify for special education and related services to read the Q&A and understand the significant effect of this landmark decision.” See the link below to read this Q&A resource.