In an important decision, a federal appeals court has ruled that a public school district must pay for a mentally retarded student to attend a parochial school. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, all disabled students are entitled to special education at state expense. But until now it wasn’t clear whether the state was required to pay for the services of a disabled student to attend a parochial school. State School Boards Associations were quick to denounce the court’s affirmation of school choice and said they may appeal the decision.

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