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Court Declines Appeal Brought Under IDEA

By Andrew Trotter — January 17, 2007 1 min read

The U.S. Supreme Court last week declined to hear an appeal by the guardian of a Texas student in a dispute with the Conroe, Texas, school district under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The student, identified in court papers as Shelby S., suffers from a serious nervous disorder. After being home-schooled for several years, her grandmother and guardian, identified as Kathleen T., asked the district that Shelby be enrolled in a regular classroom, which she was with the approval of her doctor in the fall of 2002. But a dispute later arose over her individualized educational program.

The justices’ denial of the appeal without comment on Jan. 8 lets stand a decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, in New Orleans. The appeal was Shelby v. Conroe Independent School District (Case No. 06-438).

A version of this article appeared in the January 17, 2007 edition of Education Week

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