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Supreme Court case may change public school education for disabled students

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Picture taken on December 9, 2013 shows a pupil been helped by a teacher in a class roomat the Petofi Sandor school special school for disabled children in Gyongyos, northern Hungary. ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Supreme Court is deciding a case today that may change the legal standard of how public schools provide education for disabled students.

Federal law currently states that children have a right to a “free appropriate public education.” But this leaves much ambiguity for students with disabilities. Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District is the case going forward today, and involves a boy with autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

His family said he wasn’t able to make progress in his public school, which led them to place him in a private school. The boy’s parents are calling for a higher standard for disabled students, but some are saying that resources for schools are already slim, and there are still questions as to what these new standards would entail.

Guests:

Bill Koski, director of the Youth and Education Law Project at Stanford University; he is also co-counsel for the student's family

Alex Rojas, superintendent of the Bassett Unified School District, which is located in the San Gabriel Valley; serves some unincorporated parts of L.A. County and portions of the City of Industry, La Puente, and Whittier

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