Supreme Court Decision in Endrew F. Focuses on Mainstreaming, Progress, and Designing IEPs to Meet Child’s ‘Unique Needs’


[rescue_box color="blue" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"]Article by Wrightslaw[/rescue_box] What a great day! On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued another unanimous ruling in favor of children with special needs and their parents. The Court emphasized that full inclusion is the primary standard, with the "child progressing smoothly through the regular curriculum." The Court held that "merely more than de minimis" progress is not enough. Chief Justice Roberts wrote, "...IDEA demands more. It requires an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances." If a child is not fully included, school officials [...]