High court will hear dispute over service dog at school

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is taking up an appeal from an 12-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who wasn’t allowed to bring her service dog to school while attending classes at the Napoleon Community Schools.

The justices said Tuesday they will consider whether Ehlena Fry’s family can sue the school district for violations of federal disability laws.

Fry’s family obtained a goldendoodle to help her open doors and retrieve items. Her school district initially refused to allow Wonder at school. Officials relented a bit in 2010, but they placed many restrictions on Wonder. Ehlena and her dog transferred to another school.

Her family sued the school district for violations of federal disability laws. The case was dismissed after a judge said the Frys first had to seek an administrative hearing. An appeals court last year upheld that decision 2-1.

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