Special Education – February 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Heard Oral Argument in Special Education Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on January 11, 2017, in the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.  At the heart of the issue is the definition of “benefit” that special education is supposed to provide to students with disabilities.  

In Hendrick Hudson District Board of Education v. Rowley, the Supreme Court said that the IDEA requires instruction that is, “reasonably calculated to enable the child to receive educational benefit.”  Lower courts have wrestled with quantifying “benefit” and now there is a divide in the Circuit Court system between those who define it as “some benefit” versus those who hold the standard at “meaningful benefit.”  If you are interested in reading or hearing the oral argument, you may read the Transcript to Oral Argument or listen to the Audio Recording of Oral Argument.  

Special Education Directors Network to be held in February

Directors of Special Education are invited to attend the network meeting this month on Feb. 13 in Ottumwa or Feb 15 in Burlington.  Meeting times are 1:00 – 3:30 pm.  Agenda items include consideration of Extended School Year Services (ESY), Four Plus Guidance Document, a case study activity, 2017-18 special education PD needs, and an open forum for your conversation topics.  Please join us if you are interested in learning more about special education!  You may register for Ottumwa or Burlington using this registration link – Special Education Directors Network.


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