Oops, Small-Town Michigan Schools Forgot To Teach Deaf Kid For 12 Years, Now He Can't Communicate

There's a Supreme Court case, but it's not even about how to help him — yet.

When Miguel Luna Perez started school in Sturgis, Michigan, he was nine years old. His parents had immigrated from Mexico and he'd never learned sign language in Spanish, which means he missed out on much of the earliest language development that children, hearing or deaf, need from infancy. But once in an American school, he was eligible for all sorts of learning assistance, starting with instruction in American Sign Language (ASL).

He never got any of the help he was entitled to, and now, at the age of 27, he's unlikely to ever be able to communicate well enough to hold a job, as a perfectly infuriating Detroit Free Press story explains today. It's a subscriber-only piece, but Luna Perez's case, which was heard by the Supreme Court in January, has also been covered at Education Week and elsewhere. It's being watched extremely closely by folks involved in disability and special education law, since it could have major implications for schools going forward.

That said, the best thing for school systems to stay out of trouble is for them to actually live up to the legal requirement to make sure that all kids get a "free appropriate public education" — a phrase that ought to ring familiar to anyone who's set foot in a college of education because it's on the test. ("Public Law 91-142" might as well be tattooed on my brain from my own Bachelors degree in English Education, because it too was on the test. Both were on all the tests.) Do right by kids with disabilities, and the legal issues involved in Luna Perez's case won't even come up.

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Daily Wire Gonna Sue All Media For Libelslandering Their Hate Hustler With Direct Quotes

Sure you are, little buddy.

Look out lamestream media! Daily Wire is about to sue all y'all into the ground for noticing that their boy Michael Knowles is a trans-bashing attention whore who publicly advocates for genocide.

Oh, do you, Alyssa? Are you henceforth and forthwith demanding that Messrs. Beast, Stone, and Post retract their defamatory statements calling out that Howdy Doody-looking bigot? Will you be telling Daddy Benny about it if they don't comply with your Twitter tantrum? Because defamation is a legal term with an actual meaning, as Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro, a graduate of Harvard Law, knows perfectly well. And although it appears from LinkedIn that your general counsel has been practicing law for less than a decade and lacks extensive First Amendment experience, you can be sure that even that guy knows that this ain't defamation.

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Kellyanne Conway, Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels Walk Into A Bar. Bartender Says 'Grand Jury's One Block Over'

I got a feelin', that tonight's gonna be good night.

Time to party like it's 2018! Everything old is new again, and we're all hot and bothered about Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels getting ready to take down Individual 1. (Michael Avenatti's not invited to the party this time, he's got, uh, another engagement.)

Or we could not kick the football, Charlie Brown.

Definitely one of those!

After refusing to indict Donald Trump for financial crimes, leaving it to New York Attorney General Letitia James to bring a civil prosecution, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is returning to the White Whale of Trump investigations. In January the news broke that he'd empaneled a grand jury to investigate the $130,000 hush money payoff to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016 to keep her from talking about the time she bumped bits with the future president at a golf tournament.

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What Good Arguments Will Supreme Court Ignore In Student Debt Relief Case?

Maybe they'll be persuaded by logic and reason. Maybe monkeys will fly out of Alito's butt.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today on the Biden administration's plan to relieve student loan debt by up to $20,000 per borrower. If you want to listen live, audio will be streaming at 10 Eastern. Joe Biden proposed the plan back in August, and various rightwing legal groups immediately went to work finding plaintiffs to sue to stop it, which turned out to be a challenge because to have standing, a plaintiff would have to prove they'd been harmed by a good thing. Eventually, they got lower federal courts to block the program. As a result, not a penny of student debt has yet been forgiven, even for the roughly 16 million folks the Education Department has already approved for debt forgiveness, or for the 10 million other borrowers waiting to have their applications processed.

Under the Biden plan, borrowers could have up to $10,000 of student debt forgiven if they had annual income less than $125,000 (or $250,000 for married folks filing jointly). People who received Pell Grants in college would have up to $20,000 in debt cancelled. The loan forgiveness would be tax free, and 90 percent of the debt relief would go to borrowers making $75,000 a year or less. The proposal was solidly targeted at middle and lower-income borrowers, and what with the $20K in relief for Pell grant recipients, would eliminate student debt for about half of borrowers.

And who knows, maybe the Supremes will decide the program can go forward once it decides the case. We like nice surprises!


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