Oral Argument in the Matter of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District
On January 11, 2017, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District concerning the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires school districts to provide children with disabilities with a free appropriate public education (FAPE). The question before the Court is what level of benefit is necessary to satisfy the FAPE requirement, revisiting a question addressed by the Court 35 years ago.
James Ryan, the Dean of Harvard’s School of Education, has written, “In terms of significance and impact, the IDEA is to the education world what Medicare and Medicaid are to the world of health care.” Given that the issue before the Court focuses on the core requirement of the IDEA, the case is of enormous significance on the allocation of educational resources by public school districts. Douglas County School District is represented by Stu Stuller, an education attorney at Caplan and Earnest LLC, and Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells, one of the country’s leading Supreme Court advocates.
If you have any questions related to education law, please contact Caplan and Earnest’s education law section at 303-443-8010.