AT A GLANCE
The issue: Should a severely disabled student be allowed to remain at the small charter school she and her parents prefer, or can the school place her elsewhere?
The decision: Avalon charter school's proposal to move Devra Goldstein to a different setting is granted.
What's next: Devra's parents haven't said whether they'll appeal. If they do, it may tie the case up long enough for her to finish high school at Avalon.
From the ruling: "This is not a case where the parties have mild disagreements. Similarly, it is not a case where the school has made token gestures for a short period of time and has simply decided the student is too much trouble. This case involves extraordinary efforts on the part of a very small staff to meet the unique and complex needs of a student who is multiply impaired. ... (The staff's) inability to meet the parents' expectations has resulted in increasing conflict between the parties, has resulted in remarkable staff turnover, and has created what some staff characterize as a 'hostile work environment.' Sadly this has negatively impacted the educational benefit (the) student can receive there. For all of these reasons, it is no longer feasible to provide services to the student at Avalon."
And I believe there is a huge difference between assertive & adversarial.