ERIC Number: EJ894675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Reference Count: 3
Taylor, Kelley R.
Principal Leadership, v10 n8 p8-10 Apr 2010
Bringing service animals into schools raises serious questions about how to meet one student's special needs while ensuring the educational well-being of all. This article discusses how schools grapple with the practical and legal questions involved in allowing service dogs on campus. The author cites a case in 2009 called "Kalbfleisch v. Columbia Community School District", which allowed a student with issues stemming from his neurological disorder to bring a service dog to school. Although the "Kalbfleisch" case has been heavily publicized, it is not the only case of its kind in recent years. The law in this area is clear: public schools cannot discriminate against individuals using service animals. The author stresses that a key concern with allowing service animals in schools comes down to the notion of ensuring full educational opportunity and maintaining a safe school environment. As is true with many issues dealing with students with special needs or individuals with disabilities in a mainstream educational setting, school officials must strike a positive and legal balance that will ensure opportunity and safety not for one student, but for all.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Well Being, Legal Responsibility, Court Litigation, Special Needs Students, Public Schools, Student Needs, Animals, Disability Discrimination, Access to Education, Student Rights, Administrator Role
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