Supreme Court Backs Family in Special Education Case
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the main federal special education law authorizes reimbursement for private school tuition under the proper circumstances, even when a child has never previously received special education services in a public school.
The court's 6-3 decision came in Forest Grove School District v. T.A. (Case No. 08-305).
I'll have more on that decision shortly here on the blog. In a decision in another case of interest to school districts, the justices raised questions about the constitutionality of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 but stopped short of invalidating it.
The issue in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder (No. 08-322) involves Section 5 of the voting-rights law, which requires states and local governments in the South and certain other areas of the country to get federal preclearance of any changes in voting procedure.