A Rabbi Visits Cherry Gulch

What a great article! Ms. Schwartz had a fantastic take on an issue that is very important to us. One of our ethical principles requires that our members “be aware and respectful of cultural, familial, and societal backgrounds of their program participants” and it is wonderful to hear how our programs are incorporating members of the local community to help with that. http://www.facebook.com/chabadlubavitchnews?sc=tw_share http://ow.ly/i/t5V3K

Supreme Court Rules in Favor Of A Special Education Student


School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, “appropriately ambitious” progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.

The case centered on a child with autism and attention deficit disorder whose parents removed him from public school in fifth grade. He went on to make better progress in a private school. His parents argued that the individualized education plan provided by the public school was inadequate, and they sued to compel the school district to pay his private school tuition.

The Supreme Court today sided with the family, overturning a lower court ruling in the school district’s favor.

The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guarantees a “free appropriate public education” to all students with disabilities. Today’s opinion held that “appropriate” goes further than what the lower courts had held.

“It cannot be right that the IDEA generally contemplates grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who are fully integrated in the regular classroom, but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for children who are not,” read the opinion, signed by Chief Justice John Roberts.