Armstrong V. Kline Case Essay

751 Words Sep 12th, 2016 4 Pages
The 1980 court case, Armstrong V. Kline, drew from parents of children with exceptionalities becoming upset with the education system’s 180-day school year rule1. Beginning in January of 1980, they decided that enough was enough and they needed to do something before summer vacation came so, their child/children would not lose everything they learned during the school year1. The parents took on the court case, filing three class action lawsuits, all of which were against Caryl Kline, the secretary of education and chief official of the Department of Education1. The result of this particular case relieved me but, the fact it had to become a court case, I found to be absolutely ridiculous. Also, the terminology they used while describing the case was demeaning and harsh. The Armstrong V. Kline case was based out of Pennsylvania with the plaintiffs being five severely disabled children against Caryl Kline1. On the side of the plaintiffs were their parents to speak for them and argue for their rights, under the Education for all Handicapped Children Act1. They argued that their child/children, and children like them, lost the skills they acquired over the school year during summer break1. Basically, they would come back to school and start in the same exact spot they did a year prior1. The parents wanted school and/or services to be made available to their children year round, so, they could make and maintain their progress1. The plaintiffs side challenged the 180-day school…

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