A landmark court decision is likely to have a significant impact on the state’s special education student population and a financial impact for school districts. Earlier this month a federal district court ruled that, consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Connecticut school districts must offer a free, appropriate, public education to special education students until they graduate from high school or turn 22, whichever comes first.
Prior to the decision in A.R. v. Connecticut State Board of Education, special education students were only eligible for services until graduation or the end of the school year in which they turn age 21. Based on this ruling, it appears that special education students will now be eligible for potentially as much as an additional year of special education services. Read more