The Supreme Court has been asked to decide whether the IDEA requires a school district to provide 1) “some academic progress” that is more than simply “de minimis” (too trivial or minor to warrant consideration) OR 2) provide a benefit that is more substantial. Based upon the questions posed by the justices, it appears that there is great concern that the school districts are not being held to a high enough standard. The Court may end up struggling with the creation of a measurable guideline that can be used by all school districts for all students. The language of the law as is currently written leaves too much room for argument as to what constitutes “student progress”.
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