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January 11, 2017

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ICYMI: #SCOTUS heard oral arguments for #EndrewF v. Douglas County School District. Read the transcript here

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Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, which could alter the educational benefits guaranteed to the millions of American students with disabilities. Since 1975, children with disabilities have been entitled to a “free, appropriate public education” under what’s currently called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. But in this case, the justices will decide what, if any, outcome is guaranteed to students with disabilities under that law — a “just above trivial” benefit, as is currently the standard in some parts of the country, or a “meaningful” one, as it in others. Setting a higher bar could prove costly for school districts — those that can’t show they’re meeting the standard must pay for children with disabilities to attend private school. (See Carolyn Phenicie’s summary of 7 things to know about the case.)

Here is the complete transcript of the arguments, as they transpired inside the High Court today: