Mrs. Price is a seasoned high school principal. She served as a special education teacher and as an assistant principal in a progressive, affluent school district in the South. She is approached by the parents of a severely disabled 10th grader, John, requesting that a full-time nurse be provided to him under the label of “related services.” John has multiple disabilities requiring constant care by a specially trained nurse. He is profoundly mentally disabled, has spastic quadriplegia, and has a seizure disorder. Mrs. Better refuses the parents’ request due to extraordinary expense and a view that the school is not the most appropriate placement for John.
- Is Better’s decision defensible?
- Is the parents’ request reasonable under the law?
- Is the provision of a nurse a related service if it is necessary for John to receive an appropriate education?
- How do you think the court would rule in this case?
- What are the administrative implications of this case? What would you do if you were the principal?
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