Scott Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Students with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement today after the Supreme Court released their decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. The case addressed whether or not the school district provided a free, appropriate public education to a student with autism. Ranking Member Scott co-lead an amicus brief to the Court with Senator Patty Murray last fall, citing the extensive legislative history showing congressional intent to provide a meaningful benefit to students with disabilities.

“I am encouraged by today’s Supreme Court decision. The Court rejected the Douglas County School District’s argument that as long as barely more than ‘de minimis’ educational benefit is provided to a student with disabilities, schools are meeting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The unanimous opinion of the Court clearly states that schools must provide a substantial education benefit to students with disabilities and the individualized education plan must be developed to ensure academic progress. This decision was the result of advocates, parents, and Members of Congress making their voices heard during the arguments earlier this year. The ruling is a great step forward in ensuring that students with disabilities are provided an education that allows them to live independently, be economically self-sufficient, and become active participants in an inclusive society.”

DOCUMENT: Brief of 118 Members of Congress as Amici Curiae in Support of Endrew F. (Petitioner)