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Supreme Court case may change public school education for disabled students

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In this April 3, 2012, photo, teacher Bev Campbell holds up images of animals and insects for identification by students in her special education class at Amelia Earhart Elementary School in Hialeah, Fla. Lynne Sladky/AP

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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