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U.S. Department of Education Q/A Helps Children with Disabilities and their Families

Thursday, December 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall
Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s release of a Questions
and Answers (Q&A) on the U. S. Supreme Court Case Decision Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) legal director, Selene Almazan Esq., issued the following statement:

"The U.S. Department of Education has issued a helpful resource today and COPAA appreciates what this means for children, their parents and advocates nationwide. The Questions and Answers document reinforces what COPAA has maintained – that every child’s Individualized Education Program IEP), regardless of where one lives, must be designed to enable and support the child’s progress with ambitious and challenging goals. COPAA is especially pleased to see the Department clarify that the Supreme Court absolutely rejected the "merely more than de minimus” standard used by the Tenth and other Circuits and that this standard is ‘no longer considered good law'. The Endrew F. decision means that no matter where you live, IEP teams, which include parents, must now assure that every child’s IEP is developed and implemented to ensure educational progress as both the goal and the outcome. Every child with a disability should have the opportunity to achieve commensurate with their non-disabled peers and this new standard puts every state, district and school on notice to do what it takes to make that happen.”



Click here to view the Q&A document 

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