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IDEA educational benefit requirement through an IEP

What Is the Meaning of Educational Benefit Under the IDEA?

In the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District involving a young boy with multiple diagnoses who was floundering in public school, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit found that the school district had satisfied the IDEA’s educational benefit requirement through an individual education plan (IEP).

However, other Courts of Appeal (in the Third and Sixth Circuits) have set the bar higher by requiring a “meaningful educational benefit” rather than just “some educational benefit”.

Which means that in some parts of the country, special education rights can look very different than in others.

In August, the Solicitor General asked the U.S. Supreme Court to accept the case and answer this crucial question: what is meant by “an educational benefit”?

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