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Friday, June 19, 2020

Endrew F.: So Far, Disappointment in Court

In The Politics of Autism, I write about IEPs and FAPE. The Supreme Court ruled in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to provide heightened educational benefits to students with disabilities.

It has not had the effect that parents hoped for.

William Moran, The IDEA Demands More: A Review of FAPE Litigation after Endrew F., 22 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 495 (2020)
School districts prevailed in the majority of IEP disputes decided since Endrew F. Between March 22, 2017 and March 22, 2020, 115 of 146 decisions (78.8%) found that IEPs satisfied the law. One hundred ten (75.3%) of those decisions affirmed lower court findings in favor of school districts. In the same time period, only 31 decisions (21.2% of the total) favored student litigants. These cases thus suggest - though not without limitation- that school districts dominated the courtroom before Endrew F., and continue to after Endrew F. For those expecting a sea change in FAPE litigation,126 there are 115 canaries in the IDEA coal mine.