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Florence County School District Four v. Carter (1993) addressed the issue of the reimbursement of private tuition costs to parents who disagree with their child's individualized education program (IEP) and unilaterally place the child in a private school. The Supreme Court found that parents can indeed be compensated for these costs.

Facts of the Case

In Carter, the parents of a ninth grade student in South Carolina were dissatisfied with the educational goals outlined by the Florence County School District in their child's IEP, which called for the student to make four months' progress in reading and math during the course of her tenth grade year. Instead of letting the child remain in the public school, the parents placed their daughter in a private school specializing in ...

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