Legal Happenings and NYC Schools

by NYC Firm Schools on April 16, 2009

The Supremes
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The School Law Blog is a great resource for parents of children in NYC Firm Schools, Public or Charter. The blog covers news and analysis on legal developments that affect schools, educators and parents. For many parents this is understandably a curiosity read, for but some, more than you’d think, engaged in a legal battle with their school, the curious read becomes a valuable resource.

In one of their latest posts on laws and policies affecting schools and students, the blog discussed the case that is before the U.S. Supreme Court to whether private school tuition can be reimbursed when a child has never received special education services in public school or even been enrolled in public school.

This is an important case that is a focus for many families around the nation right now. A similar case in New York has been previously discussed. That case was filed on behalf of a minor child known in documents only as “Gilbert F.”

“When a child with a disability has been denied a free appropriate public education, [the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act] authorizes an award of private-school tuition reimbursement regardless of whether the child previously received public special education,” says the brief filed by U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan in Forest Grove School District v. T.A. (Case No. 08-305).
The case, to be argued April 28, is the Supreme Court’s second attempt resolve the issue of whether private school reimbursement is available when a child with a disability who was never in public school or in special education has nonetheless been found to have been denied a free appropriate public education under the IDEA.

The School Law blog is a wonderful resource for parents of children in any form of NYC schools, private public or charter.

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