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Special Education: Case Law

  • By: Carolyn L. Carlson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

When parties disagree on an issue, one may choose to involve the court system to settle the disagreement by applying the law to the facts and rendering a decision. Numerous decisions rendered by our courts affect special education and the field of curriculum studies.

Board of Education of Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley

Rowley (458 U.S. 176, 1982) was the first special education case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The case centered on Amy Rowley, a deaf student who was an excellent lip-reader. At the beginning of her first-grade year, as her individualized education program (IEP) was being developed, her parents insisted the school provide Amy with a qualified sign-language interpreter. The school administrators concluded that Amy did not need the services of an ...

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