Debbie Young is a seasoned high school principal. She served as a special education teacher and an assistant principal in a progressive, affluent school district in the South. She is approached by the parents of a severely disabled tenth-grade student to have their son, Jonathan, attend one of the schools in this district. Jonathan has multiple disabilities requiring constant care by a specially trained nurse. He is profoundly mentally disabled, has spastic quadriplegia, and has a seizure disorder. Young refuses the parents’ request due to extraordinary expense and a view that the school is not the most appropriate placement for Jonathan.
Is Young’s decision defensible? Why or why not?
Present both sides of the argument. Based on the text and court cases, how do you feel the court will rule in this case? Be sure to list legal references in the support of your responses.