Mar 23 2017
Justices ruled for the parents of Endrew F., a Colorado boy with autism who pulled their son from the public school after his progress "essentially stalled".
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major decision expanding the scope of students' special education rights, ruling unanimously that schools must do more than provide a "merely more than de minimis" education program to a student with a disability. They then sued the school district for reimbursement, alleging a violation of the federal law which promises a "free appropriate public education" to children disabilities.
Though defining an "appropriate" education and a sufficient IEP is hard, as each student's needs are different, today's SCOTUS ruling reaffirmed the National Association of State Directors of Special Education's statement that "a standard more meaningful than just-above-trivial is the norm today", and sent a message that schools need to provide IEPs developed to help a student progress from grade to grade in pace with the nondisabled students, according to Think Progress. The unanimous court decried the Gorsuch standard as one that would consign "children with disabilities" to an educational program that "can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all".
"For children with disabilities, receiving instruction that aims so low would be tantamount to 'sitting idly ... awaiting the time when they were old enough to drop out, '" he added, quoting from key 1982 Supreme Court precedent on special education, Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley, that also dealt with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL said the high court had just tossed out a standard that Gorsuch himself had used in a similar case that lowered the bar for educational achievement. Lower courts said even programs with minimal benefits can satisfy the law. The decision is likely to require a rethinking of the benefits to disabled students provided by public school districts across the country, and is expected to lead to increased litigation challenging the provision of disability benefits provided by those schools (Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District). Educational plans for them, he said, must still be "appropriately ambitious in light of his circumstances".
As a result of the decision, Bossing said, "we'll see schools start to think more carefully about how they can support students with disabilities and how they can make progress and achieve proficiency, and we'll see courts who are reviewing disputes between parents and schools understand that this is a higher standard".
NEA urged the court to adopt exactly that approach in its amicus brief in the Endrew case.
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Schiff said that he and Nunes are still waiting for a response to their letter demanding proof from the Justice Department . Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, answers questions at the U.S.
Drew's parents were not satisfied with the IEP the Douglas County School District developed for Drew at the beginning of his fifth grade year.
Later, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, addressed the issue with friendly questions to Gorsuch about whether he felt bound by 10th Circuit precedent in the Thompson case.
"Of course this describes a general standard, not a formula", Roberts said".
Gorsuch's opinions in eight out of 10 cases involving students of disabilities all tended toward limiting the responsibilities of school districts - for example, if they leave school of their own accord out of frustration.
In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that the school did not violate the law based on the low standard set by longstanding judicial precedent.
Mar 22 2017
Users Can't Sign In, Play Games
An outage on Tuesday is keeping users of several Microsoft online services from logging into their accounts. Xbox Support is aware of the outage and say that they are "aware of the issue and are now looking into it".
Mar 22 2017
Robert Downey Jr. Signs On To Play Doctor Dolittle
It's insane to think that a time will come when Downey Jr.is no longer the swaggering Iron Man but alas, that time is nigh. In fact, the 1998 " Doctor Dolittle " movie was very loosely based on Lofting's source material.
Mar 22 2017
Google mobile app, website redesign adds search shortcuts
The idea here is to give users a different way to explore Google, instead of requiring the entry of a voice or text search query. Google has started rolling out a small but useful change to its app on Android and iOS , as well as mobile web.
Mar 22 2017
Global climate breaks multiple records in 2016: WMO
Last year, globally averaged sea surface temperatures were the warmest on record, following a record set the previous year. We are now in truly uncharted territory, said World Climate Research Programme Director David Carlson.
Mar 21 2017
Tim Tebow expected to play against the Braves in Rome next month
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Newsday he has been impressed with Tebow's improvement with the fall until now. However, Tebow's stint in New Jersey was uneventful, only attempting eight passes and rushing for just over 100 yards.
Mar 20 2017
Drake Right Hand Noah "40" Shebib Confirms "More Life" Finish
Listen to " Free Smoke " below! Drake's "More Life" dropped and confirms his evolving imprint on rap culture . Photo of Drake courtesy of Apple Music .
Mar 20 2017
What is the GOP message on health care?
Heller's spokesman Mac Abrams said Friday that the senator said he can't support the bill as the House GOP has crafted it. This is compared to the 28 million that would not have coverage if Obamacare stayed in place.
Mar 20 2017
Kevin Kisner beats Arnold Palmer big names at their own game
The bogey bug struck again on the fifth, however, before things took a significant turn for the worse on the fateful sixth hole. Rickie Fowler also shot seven-under to get to five-under for the tournament, the same number that Justin Rose sits at as well.
Mar 17 2017
Raiders to sign Jared Cook
Cook's addition comes on the heels of the Raiders losing leading rusher Latavius Murray to the Minnesota Vikings. The Raiders went into free agency with more glaring needs on defense but those have not been filled as of yet.
Mar 16 2017
The Cuonzo Martin Era at Cal a legacy of incompleteness
The resignation comes a day after the Bears' first-round loss in the NIT - an embarrassing upset, as they were a No. 1 seed. Cal announced Martin's resignation on Wednesday, saying that assistant coach Wyking Jones will serve as the interim coach.
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