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Court rules in IDEA, Voting Rights Act and environmental cases

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parents can seek private  tuition reimbursement for special needs children from school districts Рeven when the child never received special education services from the school district.

The ruling in Forest Grove School Dist. v. T. A. on reimbursement rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was one of three opinions released by the Court today.

The Court also allowed a Texas municipality to opt out of the federal pre-approval requirement of the Voting Rights Act, but declined to take on the overall constitutionality of the statutory requirement.

The much-anticipated ruling in Northwest Austin Municipal Util. Dist. No. One v. Holder preserves the law, but will open to door for the local governments in 16 states that are covered by the rule to seek to free themselves of the requirement before making changes in the way elections are conducted.

Justice Clarence Thomas, the lone dissenter in the case, argued that the voting intimidation that occurred 45 years ago is no longer present, and the law is no longer necessary.

And in Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council the Court gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers greater authority to issue drudge dumping permits.

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