Submitted On: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Analyst: Hyland, Ezra
ENDREW V. DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT – Decision March 22, 2017
In a decision announced yesterday, March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously (8-0) that the IDEA law requires that the term “educational benefit” of a special education IEP means more than minimal progress. In this case, the school district argued that "the provisions of IDEA imposed only procedural requirements – 'a checklist of items the IEP must address' and not a substantive standard enforceable in court."
FRYE V. NAPOLEON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS – Decision – February 22, 2017
In this decision, the Supreme Court ruled (6 justices concurred in the opinion and 2 concurred with part of the opinion, but all agreed in the decision) that the case be remanded back to the District Court for further proceedings with instructions to that Court.
The case involved whether a school district violated the ADA rights of a student with a severe form of cerebral palsy to bring her trained service dog, as recommended by her pediatrician, to school. The school district refused to let her bring her service dog, citing that the school was providing one-to-one support for the girl throughout the day. The district said that the dog was “superfluous” because “… all of E.F’s physical and academic needs were being met through the ‘services/programs/accommodations’ that the school had already agreed to.”