March 22, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Most Important SCOTUS Decision for People with Disabilities in a Decade

Senator Hassan Statement on Most Important SCOTUS Decision for People with Disabilities in a Decade

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the most important Supreme Court decision for people with disabilities in a decade. The decision affirms that school districts must ensure that students who experience disabilities receive an education that is "appropriately ambitious" under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

"Today's landmark Supreme Court decision reaffirms what we know to be true: that all children - regardless of personal circumstance - deserve a free and appropriate public education, and that school districts have a responsibility to ensure that students with disabilities are given the supports they need to succeed," said Senator Hassan. "This decision also underscores our collective belief that students with disabilities are equal members of our society with the same rights as other students.We know that the work of inclusion is not easy, but we also know that when we include more people in our society, we all get stronger. I applaud the Supreme Court decision and will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that we support our students, and all people, who experience disabilities."

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