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Supreme Court Decides Not to Decide

Posted Sep 11 2008 9:26pm
Yesterday the U. S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case of BD. OF ED., HYDE PARK V. FRANK G., ET UX., Case No. 06-580. Denying cert means that the Court has declined to review the decision of the Circuit Court of Appeals. The Second Circuit decision involved was very similar to the Tom F. case which recently resulted in an anticlimactic 4 to 4 tie. The same issue was presented: whether the parents of a child with a disability who has never received special education from a public school district may receive reimbursement for a unilateral placement of the child in a private school after denial of FAPE by the public school district.

Interestingly, Justice Kennedy once again recused himself (ie, he took no part in the decision to deny cert.) I'm wondering whether he had done some legal work for the school districts involved. Maybe he has a grandchild with a disability? If anybody has another theory, please let me know. The mystery of the recusal of the swingman lives!

We may have to wait a while before we see another high court special ed law decision. Hopefully not too long.
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