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Mills vs. Board of Education of District of Columbia
was a case against the District of Columbia that declared that students with disabilities must be given a public education
State schools, also known in the United States and Canada as public schools,In much of the Commonwealth, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, the terms 'public education', 'public school' and 'independent school' are used for private schools, that is, schools...
, and that financial limits were a moot point in providing education to these students. It set a precedent
In common law legal systems, a precedent or authority is a principle or rule established in a legal case that a court or other judicial body may apply when deciding subsequent cases with similar issues or facts...
that educational services must be made based on children's needs, not on the schools’ fiscal capabilities to provide such services.