The Supreme Court just issued an unanimous ruling on an issue that reverses a previous ruling made by Judge Neil Gorsuch, who is himself a nominee to sit on the Supreme Court.
The decision by the Supreme Court today could be problematic for Gorsuch. If his views are seen as being far outside that of the High Court’s, it could demonstrate he has a reading of law that doesn’t coincide with the standards for being a justice.
The case dealt with the subject of federal funds to assist schools in providing an education to students with disabilities. Under the IDEA Act, schools that accept certain federal funds must provide a sound education for those with different learning abilities.
Gorsuch had previously ruled that “the educational benefit mandated by IDEA must merely be ‘more than de minimis.'” In other words, the standard only had to be above doing nothing at all for students with disabilities.
But the 8-0 ruling by the Supreme Court scratched that standard, and declared that the intent behind IDEA meant much more for students with disabilities. “When all is said and done, a student offered an educational program providing ‘merely more than de minimis‘ progress from year to year can hardly be said to have been offered an education at all,” Justice John Roberts wrote in the Court’s opinion. The IDEA Act “demands more,” and requires a program that is “calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”
When asked about the decision rendered today during his nomination hearings, Gorsuch seemed to shrug the whole matter off.
— Jessica Mason Pieklo (@Hegemommy) March 22, 2017
Chris Walker been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.