"I was bound by circuit precedent", Gorsuch told the committee, saying that ruling against a child with autism and his parents was "heartbreaking". In a 2015 ruling, in which Gorsuch did not participate, the court said the district had satisfied its obligations under the law by providing a "merely more than de minimus" educational benefit and that Endrew had made "some academic progress".
When asked Tuesday whether Trump is still confident that Gorsuch would be willing to overturn Roe v. Wade and whether this position is still important to him, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "I think the president's comments speak for themselves".
"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", Roberts said.
"A focus on the particular child is at the core of the IDEA", Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the unanimous Supreme Court. As has been the case in general education over the 25 years since that ruling, expectations for students receiving special education services have been raised, and the IDEA mandates that all students receiving special education services be involved with and progress in the general education curriculum. The family of the child identified as "Luke P." sought to have the district reimburse them for their child's tuition after an occupational therapist determined that the therapy provided by the Thompson R2-J district sometimes "unknowingly reinforced Luke's unwanted behaviors" and that Luke "had made little or no progress on many of his goals and objectives". Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., questions U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch on March 22, during Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the committee.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires school districts to provide a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities, laid out in individualized education programs written by the students' parents and school district officials. "The instruction offered must be "specially designed" to meet a child's "unique needs" through an '[i] ndividualized education program'".
"School districts will have the ideal opportunity to do the right thing and create programs that are consistent with the new clarified standard", Mayerson said. He said it would lead to schools more carefully tracking the progress of special needs students. "Notably, the Court did not hold that Douglas County School District failed to meet the new standard, or say that DCSD can't proceed to prove that it met that standard in the Endrew F. matter". The Supreme Court's decision on Wednesday sends the case back to the appeals court to decide in light of the new standard. The IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act] demands more.