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A supreme disappointment for students with disabilities

A supreme disappointment for students with disabilities

The Supreme Court held unanimously last week — in its most momentous ruling on special education in over three decades — that the standard for services owed to students with disabilities under federal law is higher than "merely more than de minimis."

Lower courts had been divided, with some saying services must be "meaningful" or "significant," and others saying "merely more than de minimis" — as in a step above trivial.

The Supreme Court decision to raise the bar was generally hailed as a victory for students with disabilities. But don't believe it. Under the de minimis standard, there was almost nowhere to go but up, and the court went...

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