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Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court

Tuesday, August 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall


COPAA works to protect the civil rights of all students with disabilities, especially their right to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.States, school districts and schools have an obligation under federal and state law to ensure that each eligible student receives an individualized education program that prepares him or her for work, college, and post-secondary education. Courts must often resolve disagreements about these obligations.

In the absence of a judicial record that includes matters relating directly to special education, COPAA does not have a position at this time. We do, however, recognize that there are issues our members will face from a non-educational context, and therefore provide as additional information statements from colleagues also working to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities (see links below).

COPAA does not believe that any nominee whose work will impact education policy should be confirmed without there being a clear understanding about the nominee's interpretation of the laws governing the education of all students, including students with disabilities. COPAA therefore urges the U.S. Senate to thoroughly question Judge Kavanaughregarding IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other civil rights statutes and case law relating to the rights of students with disabilities to access and receive meaningful outcomes from our nation’s schools.


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