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Commentary: Coincidence

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The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down a ruling this week that could affect hundreds of cases each year involving special education.

The high court says the burden of proving that a student's special education program does not meet federal requirements should fall on parents.

A Maryland family had argued the burden should be on school districts to prove they do meet requirements.

It's a case that's been closely watched by educators, students and parents across the country. Among them is Susan Senator of Brookline. Her son Nat is autistic and, as it turns out, the court's decision came on the eve of his 16th birthday. In this commentary, Susan Senator reflects on the coincidence.

This program aired on November 17, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.

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