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Paying for Special Ed

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It took six years, but after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling (pdf) today, a family that sued to get the Forest Grove school district to pay for their son’s private special education may finally be getting its way.

At issue is whether a student with special needs has to attend his or her public school — and try the special education programs a local district offers — before the district should have to pay for a private option.

What exactly this means for the Oregon family and for the Forest Grove school district is still unclear;  U.S. district court now has to sort out the details.

What precedent does this set for school administrators? What about families of students who receive special education? If your child is currently in a special ed program, would you now consider a private option, with the hopes that your local disctrict will pick up the tab?

Note: This will be a shortened show — just 20 minutes — because OPB will air live coverage of President Obama’s press conference about Iran and health care starting at 9:20am.


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