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January 11, 2017

Endrew F., Supreme Court Case

On January 11, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on what has the possibility of being the most important special education case in many years. The issue is:

What is the level of educational benefit that school districts must confer on children with disabilities to provide them with the free appropriate public education guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Read the transcript of the oral arguments here.

The Supreme Court ruled on appropriate education back in 1982 in the Rowley decision.

Linked here are: (1) articles summarizing the case; (2) the statement from the parents; (3) the district response; (4) briefs in support from the NEA, AASA, and National Disability Rights organizations; and (5) the original decision by the court in Rowley.

I’ll post the transcript to the oral arguments when they become available.

David Bateman, Public Policy Chair

Denver Post article


Disability Scoop


Parents Petition to the Court

District Response

Amicus Brief from the National Education Association (NEA)

Amicus Brief from American Association of School Administrators

National Disability Rights Organizations

Rowley Decision