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ERIC Number: EJ776308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep-26
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
High Court Case Could Rein in Private Placements under IDEA
Walsh, Mark
Education Week, v27 n5 p1, 23-25 Sep 2007
This article reports on starkly contrasting portraits of special education that the justices are sure to hear on the first day of the new U.S. Supreme Court term. In a case from New York City, the 1.1 million-student district argues that school officials made every attempt to provide an appropriate education plan under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for a young student with a learning disability. The boy's father, however, rejected a proposed placement in an elite public school program and seemed intent on enrolling his son in a specialized private school and seeking public reimbursement for the tuition. The district's allies go further to contend that in New York and elsewhere, wealthy parents of students with disabilities have learned to manipulate the system to win public payment for a private education. On the other side, the father maintains that he cooperated fully with efforts to evaluate his child and to devise an individualized education program for him, but that the district's plan was poorly conceived, inappropriate under the law, and was delayed to the point that he had no time to reasonably consider the public school placement. The appeal in "Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York v. Tom F." (Case No. 06-637) holds potentially major implications for the costs of special education, both for states and school districts, on the one hand, and for parents on the other. The question before the high court is whether parents can win reimbursement for so-called unilateral placements of their children in private schools under the IDEA when the children have never received education or related services from the public system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act