Will High Court Ruling Raise Expectations for Special Ed.?

Exterior view of U.S. Supreme Court building at twilght

On March 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a student in Maine suing for access to a higher level of special education services.

March 24, 2017

Advocates for children with disabilities are cheering a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court as a clear win that establishes more-ambitious academic standards for special education students.

Representatives for some educational groups and districts, on the other hand, have a more measured response. They say that the March 22 decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District sets forth a standard for the level of benefit required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that most school districts were exceeding already.

.... Most school districts and teachers are already trying to do the right thing for students, said Ed Bosso, the superintendent and executive director of educational programs at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Mass.

But “a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court that is perceived as taking the bar of IDEA and raising it a little bit is a win,” he said.

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