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Forest Grove School District v. T.A.

Docket No.: 08-305
Certiorari Granted: 1/16/2009
Argued: April 28, 2009
Decided: June 22, 2009

PartyNames: Forest Grove School District v. T. A.
Petitioner: Forest Grove School District
Respondent: T. A.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Forest Grove School District
v.
T. A.
Question Presented:

This case presents the question on which the Court granted certiorari, but was unable to resolve, in Board of Education v. Tom F. ex rel. Gilbert F., 128 S. Ct. 1 (2007) (per curiam): Whether the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act permits a tuition reimbursement award against a school district and in favor of parents who unilaterally place their child in private school, where the child had not previously received special education and related services under the authority of a public agency.

Question:

Under IDEA, can a federal district court order a school district to reimburse its former student for his tuition at a private school when the student unilaterally withdrew from school, never received special education services while enrolled, and withdrew for reasons unrelated to his learning disability?

Note:

EXPEDITED BRIEFING SCHEDULE.

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 6-3
Read FOREST GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT V. T.A. opinion (PDF)
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