Supreme Court Decision on Private School Reimbursement

A United States Supreme Court decision has removed some of the hurdles for parents of students with disabilities to seek reimbursement from local school districts for their children’s private school tuition.

The 6-3 decision ruled that parents are no longer required to first send their special needs child to a public program before placing him or her in a private institution which could better address those disabilities.  The ability to effectively skip this step would save many children precious time to learn and achieve necessary educational goals, while preserving the right to a free, appropriate public education for all children with special needs.

The full text of the decision can be found at: http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/08pdf/08-305.pdf

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