TAKE ACTION! Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch Puts Rights of Students with Disabilities at Risk

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  1. Call your senators at 1-855-632-1921. Tell them to stand up for students with disabilities and vote NO on Neil Gorsuch. 
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“With the Senate scheduled to vote next Friday on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, more and more senators are coming out in opposition in light of his troubling record on students with disabilities, workers’ rights and women’s rights, to name a few issues.

Whether Gorsuch will meet the 60-vote standard in the Senate to become the ninth Supreme Court justice has Washington insiders aflutter. But to educators and parents of students with disabilities, Senate procedures have little significance. What worries them is the failure Gorsuch has shown through years of rulings to demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of the legal rights of students entitled to protections and appropriate education services.

One particularly troubling finding in a review of his judicial record is that Gorsuch, a judge on 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has ruled against students with disabilities in 8 out of 10 cases. He has also come under widespread criticism for a ruling in which wrote that the standard of education mandated by federal disability law was “merely more than minimis.” In arriving at his ruling in a case involving an autistic student, Gorsuch overturned the decisions of an independent hearing officer, an administrative law judge and a U.S. District Court.”

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