This month has a special second alert for the Supreme Court’s March 22, 2017 decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, which revisited and refined the Rowley (1982) interpretation of the substantive standard for IEPs. Click to read my immediate “take” on this centrally significant decision, which directly addresses one side of FAPE and indirectly serves as a reminder of the modern interpretation of the procedural side of this “centerpiece” of the IDEA.
This month’s update provides the highlights and practical implications of one major legal development, plus a customizable Section 504 eligibility form:
- The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision on Feb. 22, 2017 that demarcated the scope of the IDEA’s exhaustion provision, which concerns whether parents must complete the impartial hearing process before proceeding in court.
- In the absence of a second major legal development during the past four weeks, this month’s Alert provides the attached Section 504 eligibility form, which may be customized for local use with due acknowledgment per the asterisked note at the bottom of the form.