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Supreme Court hears arguments in DCSD special education case

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral argument in a case involving Douglas County School District and a former DCSD special education student known as Endrew F.

At issue is how extensive an educational benefit a public school must provide for children with disabilities under federal law.  The federal law in question is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which was originally enacted in 1975, and which was amended most recently in 2004. That law requires that school districts offer a free appropriate education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. 

While courts ruled in favor of DCSD at the administrative, trial and circuit appeal levels, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear the case in September 2016.  Oral argument took place on January 11, 2017.

READ: Transcript of January 11, 2017 Supreme Court Arguments
LISTEN: Audio of the January 11, 2017 Supreme Court Arguments

After the argument, Interim Superintendent Erin Kane released the following statement to the media:
"We are grateful to the court for hearing arguments in this case, and we are thankful to the Justices for their thoughtful questions. We look forward to the court's decision later this year. Everyone in DCSD works incredibly hard for the success of every child and we set the bar high in every Individualized Education Program. Regardless of the outcome of this case, the Douglas County School District will continue to provide all special education students with carefully tailored and appropriate Individualized Education Programs. Those programs are developed with input from parents, education experts and school administrators, all striving to ensure that every IEP is personalized and ambitious."

The case remains pending before the Supreme Court. The Court's term generally ends in June or July, and an opinion will be issued before that time. 
 

January 19, 2017 | By rmbarber | Category:

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.