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School Committee of the Town of Burlington v. Department of Education

School Committee of the Town of Burlington v. Department of Education (1985) involved a dispute over the rights of parents under the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EAHCA), now the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). At issue was whether parents could be reimbursed for unilaterally placing their child in private school after they disagreed with the individualized education program (IEP) that school officials designed for their son.

Facts of the Case

The IDEA provides procedural safeguards to ensure that qualified students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment. Among these procedures are the parents' right to participate in the creation of IEPs for their children and to challenge proposed IEPs if they disagree with any of their content. ...

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