EDUDEAF: Amy Rowley vs the Board of Education

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Subj: Information Please!!!!
Date: 97-04-15 13:53:57 EDT
From: rivera@ccis.com (Jose Rivera)
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Hi,

Anyone with information on a court case called Rowley. I don't know Rowley vs who, what or when. What I do know is that we just lost a compliance investigation because of something stated in this case. Anyone that has any information that may lead me in the right direction, or at least lead me to the right spot at the library, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jose and Lydia Rivera

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Subj: Re: Information Please!!!!
Date: 97-04-15 14:34:31 EDT
From: semesky@EROLS.COM (Linda Semesky)
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The case was called "Amy Rowley vs the Board of Education..." It was the first case under IDEA to go to the US Supreme Court. There were many parts of the decision, but the main one is that a child does not have to be taught up to his potential if he is handicapped. Reasonable acommodations must be made. This has been used to say that even though your child is a genius, if he/she is receiving Cs then the school is doing its job and no additional supports are required. Our principal actually sat in a meeting and said, "The law says that I do not have to teach your son to his potential." Amy Rowley was deaf and a phenomenal lipreader. Her parents wanted a terp for her. It was denied on the fact that because of test scores, she was doing quite well with lipreading only. In recent discussions with attorneys who have assessed this case, it appears that testing data presented was not the most current and had true data been used, the courts would have seen that Amy R. was no longer at the top of the class, but at the bottom due to lack of terps. Regretfully, this was the first case under IDEA and set a horrible precedent for those of us with children who are hoh/deaf. However, we must find ways around it. I think there is an actually copy of the case if you browse the Net.

Hope this helps.
Linda S

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