MILWAUKEE -- A conference at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee March 21-23 will mark the 25th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court ruling on the rights of children with special education needs.
Amy June Rowley, the young woman at the center of the case, "Rowley v. Hendrick Hudson Board of Education," will be among the guest speakers discussing the impact of the Court's 1982 ruling. Rowley, now a UWM clinical assistant professor and coordinator of the university's American Sign Language program, was 10 years old when the case reached the Supreme Court.
"The Rowley case was a very early test case of the special education law," said Dave Edyburn, UWM professor of exceptional education and chair of the committee organizing the conference, "Rethinking the Rowley Case: The 25th Anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision." The issues raised in the case about free and appropriate public education for those with special needs continue to play out in schools and courtrooms today, he said. The No Child Left Behind Act has …