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 The federal law in question is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which was originally enacted in 1975, and which was amended most recently in 2004.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.
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.