Winkelman v. Parma City School District

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Winkelman v. Parma City School District
Argued February 27, 2007
Decided May 21, 2007
Full case nameJacob Winkelman, a Minor, By and Through His Parents and Legal Guardians, Jeff and Sandee Winkelman, et al., Petitioners v. Parma City School District
Citations550 U.S. 516 (more)
127 S. Ct. 1994; 167 L. Ed. 2d 904; 2007 U.S. LEXIS 5902; 75 U.S.L.W. 4329; 20 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. S 287
Case history
PriorJudgment for Defendants, N.D. Ohio; appeal dismissed, No. 05–3886, 6th Cir., Nov. 4, 2005; cert. granted, 549 U.S. ___ (2006)
Parents can file suits under IDEA pro se because they are vindicating parental rights, rather than simply enforcing the rights of their children. Sixth Circuit reversed and remanded.
Court membership
Chief Justice
John Roberts
Associate Justices
John P. Stevens · Antonin Scalia
Anthony Kennedy · David Souter
Clarence Thomas · Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen Breyer · Samuel Alito
Case opinions
MajorityKennedy, joined by Roberts, Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito
Concur/dissentScalia, joined by Thomas
Laws applied
20 U.S.C. § 1400(d)(1)(A)

Winkelman v. Parma City School District, 550 U.S. 516 (2007), is a civil suit under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Kennedy held for the seven-justice majority that parents may file suit under IDEA pro se.[1] Justice Kennedy declined to reach the question whether parents may represent the interests of their children pro se, instead concluding that IDEA created a set of independently enforceable rights in parents.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Winkelman v. Parma City School District, 550 U.S. 516, 526 (2007).
  2. ^ Winkelman, 550 U.S. at 535.

External links[edit]

Winkleman v. Parma City School District, 550 U.S. 516 (2007), URL: