News in Brief: A Washington Roundup
Court Declines Illinois Spec. Ed. Case
The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to hear the appeal of an Illinois family that, after deciding to place their son in a residential special education school in Maine, sought reimbursement from the boy's school district.
A mother identified as Alice M. argued in court papers that her son, Dale M., was entitled to placement in the Elan School because the 1,585-student Bradley-Bourbonnais school district in Bradley, Ill., had failed to address his behavioral problems adequately.
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, in Chicago, ruled 2-1 in January that the school district's recommendation to place him in a nearby day school was appropriate under federal special education law.
The Supreme Court declined without comment on Nov. 13 to hear the family's appeal in Dale M. v. Board of Education of Bradley-Bourbonnais High School District (Case No. 01-431).
Education Panelist Roukema to Retire From Congress
Rep. Marge Roukema, a top-ranking Republican on the House Education and the Workforce Committee, announced this month that she will retire when her current term expires in January 2003.
The former high school history teacher has represented New Jersey's 5th Congressional District for more than 20 years. She is known as a moderate among generally more conservative Republican members in the House, and has been a supporter of more federal money for K-12 education and of reforms in student-loan programs.
Most recently, she sponsored legislation to place a moratorium on visas for international students until immigration laws can be changed to more carefully screen applicants.
In her announcement, Ms. Roukema, 72, praised the education committee's work on the pending Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization. She added: "Now I will turn my attention to finding new ways to help children and families."
—Joetta L. Sack
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