EdNext Podcast: Will Students with Disabilities Receive Meaningful Benefits?

By 02/15/2017

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On January 11, 2017 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the most important special education case in thirty-five years, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. At issue was the level of services federal law requires school districts to provide students with disabilities.

Must districts merely ensure that students receive some educational benefit, however trivial it may be? Or do they need to meet a higher standard? How the justices answer that question could have big implications for the more than 6 million students nationwide currently enrolled in special education.

On this week’s episode of the podcast, Marty West talks with Josh Dunn about the case. Dunn is an associate professor of political science at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and the legal beat columnist for Education Next.

His new article on the Endrew F. case, “Examining the Standards for Special Education,” will appear in the Summer 2017 issue of the journal and is available now at educationnext.org.

The EdNext Podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, SoundcloudStitcher and here every Wednesday.

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