Featured Case: Rene v. Reed

*This case was chosen by staff within the judicial branch as a useful tool to teach an interesting aspect of the law. Its selection has no bearing on how the case will ultimately be decided. Since the members of the court did not participate in the preparation of the lesson plan, the issues raised in it will not necessarily be addressed in the oral argument.

General Case Information

Case Caption:

Meghan Rene v. Dr. Suellen Reed, et al.

Cause Number:



Indiana Supreme Court

Date and Time:

January 30, 2002, 9:30 AM


Due Process (history of, procedural v. substantive)

Case Summary:

A class of special education students sought injunctive and declaratory relief to prevent the State Superintendent of Public Instruction from enforcing a statute requiring them to pass the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) graduation examination in order to graduate. The Marion Superior Court ruled in favor of the superintendent. The Court of Appeals affirmed.

Rene v. Reed, 751 N.E.2d 736 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001). The students petition to transfer jurisdiction to the Indiana Supreme Court.

Attorneys for Rene: Kenneth J. Falk; Jacquelyn Bowie Suess, Indianapolis, IN. Attorneys for Reed: Steve Carter, Attorney General of Indiana; Frances Barrow; Linda S. Leonard, Deputy Attorney General, Indianapolis, IN.

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The Court's Action

Jan. 31, 2002: The Supreme Court has denied a petition to transfer. The opinion of the Court of Appeals stands and the appeal is at an end.

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