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National Alliance Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous affirmation today of the educational rights of students with special needs, Nina Rees, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, made the following statement applauding the Court’s ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District:

“All parents have high hopes for their children, and all eight Supreme Court justices affirmed the reasonable expectation that our country’s education system should support every student.

“A foundational principle of the charter school movement is that all children should have access to a high-quality education that equips them to be successful inside and outside of the classroom. For this reason, the National Alliance and the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools urged the Supreme Court in an an amicus brief to adopt a higher standard of educational benefit consistent with the charter school movement’s commitment to serving students with disabilities enrolled in charter schools, and its high expectations for all students.

“We recognize that having high standards may impose new requirements on schools, including charter schools. The central expectation for America’s education system remains the same: that every school should be a place where all students learn and grow to the fullest of their abilities.”