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Cedar Rapids Community School District v. Garret F.

526 U.S. 66 (1999)

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Cedar Rapids Community School District v. Garret F.

United States Supreme Court

526 U.S. 66 (1999)

Facts

Garret F. (plaintiff) was a ventilator-dependent student who needed assistance during the school day with certain physical requirements such as bladder catheterization, suctioning of his tracheotomy tube, and eating and drinking. Most of the necessary tasks could be performed by a trained layperson, but some required the assistance of a nurse. After the Cedar Rapids Community School District (the district) (defendant) denied a request to provide one-on-one nursing services, Garret’s mother requested a hearing before the Iowa Department of Education. Garret’s mother argued that, as a recipient of funds pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the district was obligated to provide nursing services to Garret during the school day. At the hearing, an administrative-law judge found that Garret was entitled to the requested services. The district appealed the decision to the federal district court, which granted summary judgment in favor of Garret. The court of appeals affirmed, and the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)

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