US Supreme Court Will Not Hear Appeals on Title IX, Special Education

Yesterday the US Supreme Court indicated that it would not hear appeals on two cases—one involving Title IX and the other involving special education.

In the Title IX case, the US Supreme Court ruled to uphold the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, VA against a group called Equity in Athletics. The appeals court ruled against Equity in Athletics in its case alleging that James Madison University’s decision to eliminate 10 teams violated Title IX. The group was also unsuccessful in its challenge of the US Department of Education’s three-part test for compliance under Title IX.

In the case about special education, the Justice refused the Compton Unified School District’s appeal after it was required to provide tutoring as compensation after failing to identify the student’s learning disability. The appeals court had ruled that the school districted had violated the “child find” provision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which requires that children with disabilities be identified and evaluated.
Chronicle of Higher Education 1/9/12; AAUW 1/9/12

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