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Monmouth Lecture Series: Lori M. Gaines, Esq.
The School of Education
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Special Education Reconsidered
Lori M. Gaines, Esq.
Special Education Attorney, Barger & Gaines
Wilson Hall Auditorium
Q&A following lecture
Reception with light fare and refreshments starting at 6 p.m.
About This Lecture
Federal special education law requires that school districts provide students with a “free appropriate public education.” But just what does that mean? In 1982 the Supreme Court considered this question in the landmark decision of Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Amy Rowley. Since then, however, the various federal court circuits across the country have adopted varying standards for determining whether a special education program is actually appropriate – some adopting the standard set out by the Supreme Court and others deciding to impose a greater standard. As a result, there is an inconsistency across our country and therefore an inconsistency in just how much educational benefit students with disabilities are entitled to receive based on where they live. This inconsistency led the Supreme Court to once again consider this question through the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.
Join Ms. Gaines for an interactive conversation about the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case, the arguments made for and against imposing a greater obligation on school districts to provide more than the minimum educational benefit to students with disabilities, and the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on the climate of special education across the United States.