In 2017 Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a 8-0 decision that the bar for educating severally handicapped children was much too low and demanded a much higher standard. I suspect that the case in question is not unique.
It is our belief that in far too many districts across the country the plans amount to nothing more than babysitting till the children dropout.
Roberts acknowledged that yesterday’s ruling outlined only “a general standard, not a formula.” “But whatever else can be said about it,” Roberts observed, “this standard is markedly more demanding than the ‘merely more than de minimis’ test applied by the Tenth Circuit.” “When all is said and done,” Roberts noted pointedly, that standard would barely provide “an education at all” to children with disabilities. For those children, “receiving an instruction that aims so low would be tantamount to ‘sitting idly . . . awaiting the time when they were old enough to “drop out.”’” The IDEA, Roberts concluded, “demands more.”