Special-Ed Students Denied Rights
This story actually begins in the 2004-05 school year when the Robbinsdale School District canceled a swimming program for special-education students.
According to the Star Tribune, the district notified teachers of the cancellation but parents of 31 students in the program were not.
This violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Debra Silbernagel brought the case to the state's attention, saying her daughter, Stacey Anthony, needed the program to overcome her disability.
The Education Department decided that the district violated the law and ordered compensatory swim classes for the 2006-07 school year.
The district appealed the decision, arguing that parents had been notified about the cancellation through letters and meetings.
They also said the state went too far by ordering compensation for the 30 families who had not complained initially.
On Tuesday, the state Court of Appeals rejected these arguments, saying the district denied students' rights.
According to the Star Tribune, Robbinsdale Superintendent Stan Mack said an appeal to the Supreme Court is not out of the question, but he would rather move on from the ordeal.
To read the Star Tribune article go to http://www.startribune.com/462/story/1447544.html