Supreme Court SpEd Case Enters Final Chapter
[Source: Education Week]
When the U.S. Supreme Court created a stronger standard for special education in a unanimous decision last year, observers could be forgiven for believing that was the end of the story.
But for the family at the center of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the decision had the practical result of sending their dispute—at this point, eight years old—back to the lower court to be evaluated under the standard that the higher court outlined. That standard: that special education must offer “an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances,” not an education that is just a little bit more than nothing.