Experts are already debating the impact of Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case pitting the family of a special needs high school student (and his legal team at Bingham McCutchen) against the school district that had been ordered to pay the student’s hefty private school tuition (and the district’s lawyers at Sidley Austin).

Educators and public school officials everywhere were watching the case, and they had claimed that millions — maybe hundreds of millions — of public money was at stake. If that’s so, public officials might be cringing today, because the Court sided, 6-3, with the student’s family and Bingham.

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