They also seek additional and ancillary relief to effectuate the primary relief. They allege that although they can profit from an education either in regular classrooms with supportive services or in special classes adopted to their needs, they have been labelled as behavioral problems, mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed or hyperactive, and denied admission to the public schools or excluded therefrom after admission, with no provision for alternative educational placement or periodic review. The action was certified as a class action under Rule 23 b 1 and 2 of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by order of the Court dated December 17, The defendants are the Board of Education of the District of Columbia and its members, the Superintendent of Schools for the District of Columbia and subordinate school officials, the Commissioner of the District of Columbia and certain subordinate officials and the District of Columbia.
To qualify for federal assistance, a State must demonstrate, through a detailed plan submitted for federal approval, that it has in effect a policy that assures all handicapped children the right to a "free appropriate public education," which policy must be tailored to the unique needs of the handicapped child by means of an "individualized educational program" IEP.
Any party aggrieved by the state administrative decisions is authorized to bring a civil action in either a state court or a federal district court. Entering judgment for respondents, the District Court found that although the child performed better than the average child in her class and was advancing easily from grade to grade, she was not performing as well academically as she would without her handicap.
If the child is being educated in regular classrooms, as here, the IEP should be reasonably calculated to enable the child to achieve passing marks and advance from grade to grade. The Act does not require a State to maximize the potential of each handicapped child commensurate with the opportunity provided nonhandicapped children.
If these requirements are met, the State has complied with the obligations imposed by Congress and the courts can require no more. As demonstrated by this case, parents and guardians will not lack ardor in seeking to ensure that handicapped children receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled by the Act.
The Act does not require the provision of a sign-language interpreter here. Kuntz, Bedford Village, N. Chatoff, Floral Park, N. Elliott Schulder, Washington, D. This case presents a question of statutory interpretation. Petitioners contend that the Court of Appeals and the District Court misconstrued the requirements imposed by Congress upon States which receive federal funds under the Education of the Handicapped Act.
We agree and reverse the judgment of the Court of Appeals.
Congress first addressed the problem of educating the handicapped in when it amended the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of to establish a grant program "for the purpose of assisting the States in the initiation, expansion, and improvement of programs and projects.
That program was repealed in by the Education of the Handicapped Act, Pub. Neither the nor the legislation contained specific guidelines for state use of the grant money; both were aimed primarily at stimulating the States to develop educational resources and to train personnel for educating the handicapped.
The statute was recognized as an interim measure only, adopted "in order to give the Congress an additional year in which to study what if any additional Federal assistance was required to enable the States to meet the needs of handicapped children. In order to qualify for federal financial assistance under the Act, a State must demonstrate that it "has in effect a policy that assures all handicapped children the right to a free appropriate public education.
States receiving money under the Act must provide education to the handicapped by priority, first "to handicapped children who are not receiving an education" and second "to handicapped children. In addition to the state plan and the IEP already described, the Act imposes extensive procedural requirements upon States receiving federal funds under its provisions.
Parents or guardians of handicapped children must be notified of any proposed change in "the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of the child or the provision of a free appropriate public education to such child," and must be permitted to bring a complaint about "any matter relating to" such evaluation and education.
Thus, although the Act leaves to the States the primary responsibility for developing and executing educational programs for handicapped children, it imposes significant requirements to be followed in the discharge of that responsibility. At present, all States except New Mexico receive federal funds under the portions of the Act at issue today.
Brief for United States as Amicus Curiae 2, n. Amy has minimal residual hearing and is an excellent lipreader. During the year before she began attending Furnace Woods, a meeting between her parents and school administrators resulted in a decision to place her in a regular kindergarten class in order to determine what supplemental services would be necessary to her education.
At the end of the trial period it was determined that Amy should remain in the kindergarten class, but that she should be provided with an FM hearing aid which would amplify words spoken into a wireless receiver by the teacher or fellow students during certain classroom activities.
Amy successfully completed her kindergarten year. The IEP provided that Amy should be educated in a regular classroom at Furnace Woods, should continue to use the FM hearing aid, and should receive instruction from a tutor for the deaf for one hour each day and from a speech therapist for three hours each week.
The Rowleys agreed with parts of the IEP, but insisted that Amy also be provided a qualified sign-language interpreter in all her academic classes in lieu of the assistance proposed in other parts of the IEP.
The school administrators likewise concluded that Amy did not need such an interpreter in her first-grade classroom. When their request for an interpreter was denied, the Rowleys demanded and received a hearing before an independent examiner. The District Court found that Amy "is a remarkably well-adjusted child" who interacts and communicates well with her classmates and has "developed an extraordinary rapport" with her teachers.
It also found that "she performs better than the average child in her class and is advancing easily from grade to grade," id. Such review requires us to consider two questions: And what is the role of state and federal courts in exercising the review granted by 20 U.
We consider these questions separately. See also F. Petitioners contend that the definition of the phrase "free appropriate public education" used by the courts below overlooks the definition of that phrase actually found in the Act.
We are loath to conclude that Congress failed to offer any assistance in defining the meaning of the principal substantive phrase used in the Act. It is beyond dispute that, contrary to the conclusions of the courts below, the Act does expressly define "free appropriate public education": Whether or not the definition is a "functional" one, as respondents contend it is not, it is the principal tool which Congress has given us for parsing the critical phrase of the Act.
We think more must be made of it than either respondents or the United States seems willing to admit.Board of Education v. Rowley Board of Education v. Rowley: Summary When Amy Rowley entered kindergarten, teachers and staff were well prepared for her presence.
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