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Two important special education cases
you need to know about!

The Arc recently filed two amicus briefs on the rights of students with disabilities under the IDEA in Endrew F. v. Douglas (before The Supreme Court of the United States) and, with The Arc Connecticut, CCJEF v. Rell (before the Connecticut Supreme Court). Both briefs can be found here:

Wednesday, attorneys from The Arc attended oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the Endrew case.

Story from the New York Times below.


Justices Face ‘Blizzard of Words’
in Special Education Case

JANUARY 11, 2017

WASHINGTON — In a case that could affect the education of 6.7 million children with disabilities, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled to decide whether it should require public schools to do more under a federal law that calls for them to provide a free education that addresses the children’s needs.

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said the court was being asked to choose among several finely shaded formulations. “What is frustrating about this case and about this statute is that we have a blizzard of words,” he said.
The court appeared uneasy with a standard used by many appeals courts, which have said that providing a modest educational benefit was enough. But some of the justices indicated that they were concerned about the costs that any changes could impose.


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The Arc of Illinois
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