Is the Bar Too Low for Special Education?

The Atlantic
The case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District is now under review of the U.S. Supreme Court. The case revolves around a central question: Must schools provide a meaningful education in which the child shows significant progress and is substantially equal to typical children, or can they provide an education that results in just some improvement? If the Supreme Court rules on behalf of Drew and his family, agreeing that special education shall be held to a higher standard, then it will open up a thornier question: Who should pay for it? And that question could be even harder to navigate under President Donald Trump, whose pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, during her Senate confirmation hearing last week said she believes that the rights of special-education students should be decided by the states. Drew’s case marks the next chapter in the evolution of special education in the United States.

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