The National Alliance and the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Petitioner in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. Endrew F. is a child with autism who was removed from his Colorado public school by his parents, who felt the school was not providing the appropriate level of educational benefit the standard that school districts must confer on children with disabilities to provide them with the free appropriate public education guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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, NCSECS and the National Alliance urge the Supreme Court to adopt a higher standard of educational benefit consistent with the charter school movements commitment to serving students with disabilities enrolled in charter schools, and its high expectations for all students. While recognizing that this approach may impose new requirements on all schools, including charter schools, taking this position on behalf of students with disabilities is fundamental to delivering on the promise of a high-quality public education.