School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, "appropriately ambitious" progress, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled in March, National Public Radio reported. The 8-0 decision sets a higher standard for how public schools must educate students with disabilities.
The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District may have implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States and the local school districts that must provide a free and appropriate public education. The unanimous opinion held that the meaning of "appropriate" under the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act goes further than what the lower courts had held.
The case centered on a child with autism and attention deficit disorder, Endrew F., whose parents removed him from public school in fifth grade. He went on to make better progress in a private school. His parents argued that the individualized education plan provided by the public school was not adequate, and they sued to compel the school district to pay his private school tuition.
Read the United States Supreme Court Opinion (Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District)