‘Endrew’ Case Settle for $1.3 Million The landmark federal special education case that raised the academic bar for U.S. students with disabilities is also costing the Douglas County (Colorado) School District $1.32 million in a settlement with the plaintiffs. Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District began when Endrew’s parents pulled the then-fourth grader from his ... News in Brief
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‘Endrew’ Case Settle for $1.3 Million
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‘Endrew’ Case Settle for $1.3 Million
The ASHA Leader, September 2018, Vol. 23, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.23092018.10
The ASHA Leader, September 2018, Vol. 23, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.23092018.10
The landmark federal special education case that raised the academic bar for U.S. students with disabilities is also costing the Douglas County (Colorado) School District $1.32 million in a settlement with the plaintiffs.
Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District began when Endrew’s parents pulled the then-fourth grader from his public school because he made no progress for several years. His progress immediately improved at a private specialized school—with tuition of more than $7,000 per year. The parents then sued the school district for tuition reimbursement, arguing that Endrew had not received a free and appropriate education in Douglas County schools as required by federal law.
After three courts ruled against the family, the case reached the U.S. Supreme Court. In a unanimous 2017 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that students with disabilities are entitled to an IEP designed to help them make appropriate academic progress.
The ruling was a significant decision affecting millions of students with disabilities—but it sent back to the lower court the question of whether the district should pay for years of Endrew’s private school tuition. A federal judge ruled that the district owed the family for tuition and legal costs, and the district agreed to pay $1.32 million.
Public and private groups have issued resources to help administrators and parents understand and act on the Endrew F. decision:
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