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Bridges4Kids LogoAn Adequate Education Defined
from NH Special Education Reform Information and Resources

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Claremont II and the other NH Supreme Court Claremont Decisions require that the State of New Hampshire ensure that all students be afforded an "adequate education" which is  more than just providing the basics. As described in Claremont II the Court "look[ed] to the following seven criteria articulated by the Supreme Court of Kentucky" "as benchmarks of a constitutionally adequate public education. They are:

  • sufficient oral and written communication skills to enable students to function in a complex and rapidly changing civilization;

  • sufficient knowledge of economic, social, and political systems to enable the student to make informed choices;

  • sufficient understanding of governmental processes to enable the student to understand the issues that affect his or her community, state, and nation;

  • sufficient self-knowledge and knowledge of his or her mental and physical wellness;

  • sufficient grounding in the arts to enable each student to appreciate his or her cultural and historical heritage;

  • sufficient training or preparation for advanced training in either academic or vocational fields so as to enable each child to choose and pursue life work intelligently; and

  • sufficient levels of academic or vocational skills to enable public school students to compete favorably with their counterparts in surrounding states, in academics or in the job market.

See: Best Practices in Quality and Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities

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