Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District

In Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District (1993), the U.S. Supreme Court found that under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a school board was required to provide the on-site services of a sign language interpreter to a hearing-impaired student in a private religious school. This entry describes the case and the Court's ruling.

Facts of the Case

The controversy in Zobrest began when the parents of a profoundly deaf student who attended a religious school asked officials on their local public school board to supply their son with a sign language interpreter for all of his classes, under the IDEA. After obtaining an opinion from the county attorney, the board refused that request but offered to provide a sign language interpreter within the public ...

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