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DeVos Tells Special Educators: Parents ‘Shouldn’t Have to Sue’ for K-12 Choices

By Alyson Klein — July 17, 2017 1 min read
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos reiterated her call for vouchers and other forms of school choice at a gathering Monday for special educators, my colleague Christina Samuels reports over at On Special Education.

Speaking at a federal gathering for special educators, DeVos talked about the parents behind a recent Supreme Court case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. That case lead to a verdict that students with disabilities be given an “appropriately ambitious” education.

DeVos said she agreed with that outcome, but added, “Most families don’t have that advantage and thus they don’t have a choice. This is neither right nor just, and it’s fundamentally at odds with the American value of equal opportunity. Every family should have the ability to choose the learning environment that is right for their child. They shouldn’t have to sue their way to the Supreme Court to get it.”

DeVos also criticized the Obama administration’s approach to civil rights enforcement, which she said made resolving complaints difficult. And she touted the department’s new website for the main special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Much more over at On Special Education.

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