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Free Members-Only Webinar: How the Supreme Court May Change Your Practice

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
7-8 p.m. ET

On January 11, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, a case that involved a student with autism from Colorado. The question in this case, which has major implications for special education services nationwide, is how much educational benefit does a student’s program of special education need to provide to that student? 

In the Endrew F. case, the Supreme Court heard arguments that there is not a clear standard for the level of benefit that schools must provide to students in special education. Is some small degree of benefit enough? Or do students have a right to something more meaningful? 

In this webinar, we will discuss the history of appropriateness as previously defined by the Supreme Court in Board of Education v. Rowley (1982), the changes to special education law since 1982, the history and facts of the Endrew F. case, the oral argument made before the Supreme Court, and discuss possible results from this extremely important case.



Yell, Mitchell    
Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D., is the Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education and a Professor in Special Education at the University of South Carolina. His professional interests include special education law, IEP development, and parent involvement in special education. Dr. Yell has published 112 journal articles, 4 textbooks, 26 book chapters, and has conducted numerous workshops on various aspects of special education law. His textbook, Special Education and the Law, is in its 4th edition.  He also serves as a State-level due process hearing officer in South Carolina.  Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Yell was a special education teacher in Minnesota for 16 years. 
 Bateman, David   
David F. Bateman, Ph.D. is a professor of special education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in learning disabilities, special education law, and introduction to special education.  He is a former due process hearing officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a former classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disability, and hearing impairments. Dr. Bateman earned a B.A. in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, an M.Ed. in special education from the College of William & Mary, and a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Kansas.


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You can find background information on the case at SCOTUSBlog.