Are Special Ed Kids Getting the Education They Deserve?

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The Supreme Court will hear a case this week that concerns what the appropriate level of instruction for special education students in public schools should be. The justices asked the Obama administration to prepare a brief on the issue. Several lower courts have ruled on the idea of special education quality, but the rulings vary. In the specific case that inspired the Supreme Court to act, a family in Colorado pulled their autistic son out of public school for what they say was an inadequate education. An appeals court found that the public school system did not have to reimburse the parents for private school. So what level of education are special ed students entitled to? And are most special-needs kids getting an appropriate education?

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Guests:
Michael Waterstone - Loyola Law School - @mwaterstone, Kate Movius - mother of an autistic son

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Laura Swisher, Sarah Sweeney