DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court says a couple can get reimbursement from a Colorado school district for their costs of placing their daughter in an educational institution in Idaho.

The parents placed their daughter in a residential treatment center in Idaho because she had behavioral and emotional issues that required special education in 2008.

A hearing officer, administrative law judge and federal court ruled the family was entitled to reimbursement from Colorado’s Jefferson County School District R-1 under a law ensuring children with disabilities have free public education.

The district argued in part that the center’s services didn’t qualify for reimbursement. A 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel disagreed Friday.

Several school board groups had filed friend-of-the-court briefs in the case.

LINK: Ruling

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