A judge has ruled that Cohasset (Mass.) Public Schools can continue providing special education to an eighth-grader against the wishes of his parents, who want him out of the program. District officials argued that letting the boy out of special education would deny him his state right to a free and appropriate education.
Earlier: The Cohasset (Mass.) School District is asking a judge to prevent a couple from pulling their 13-year-old son out of special education. The boy's parents, Kevin and Peggy Lewis, say the district is harassing their child by monitoring his behavior too closely - recording in reports when their son chews gum in class or forgets his pencil - and that additional services, such as one-on-one tutoring, are not helping him improve academically. The child, an eighth-grader, has been in a special education curriculum since first grade for a variety of learning issues. Educators and parent advocates consider the case unusual because parents rarely withdraw their children from special education.