Reexamining Rowley: A New Focus in Special Education Law
- Three important events have occurred since the Rowley decision that
impact the validity of the "some educational benefit" standard and change the
nature of educational services that schools must provide to students who receive
special education services under the IDEA.
Embracing ‘Response to Intervention’
- “RTI is this big thing that really can transform how we
approach teaching all kids,” said W. David Tilly III, the director of innovation
and accountability for Iowa’s Heartland Area Education Agency, which provides
resources and professional development to 54 districts in the state. In
practice, RTI can look quite different from school to school. But several key
components are necessary for a successful program, researchers say.
on the IDEA 2004 Regulations from OSEP - The
U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has
published a series of Q&A documents from their recent regional implementation
meetings on the IDEA 2004 regulations. The documents address highly qualified
teachers serving children with disabilities; IEPs, evaluations, and
reevaluations; monitoring, technical assistance, and enforcement; procedural
safeguards and due process procedures; Response to Intervention and Early
Intervening Services; serving children with disabilities placed by their parents
at private schools; the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard;
and discipline procedures.
OSEP Director’s PowerPoint Presentation on IDEA 2004 Final Regulations Now
Available - To provide the public with an
overview of the Part B Final Regulations implementing the 2004 reauthorization
of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the U.S. Office of Special
Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has been hosting a series of
community-based public meetings. The PowerPoint presentation given by Alexa
Posny, director of OSERS’ Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), is
available online. It covers discipline, Response to Intervention, IEPs,
monitoring, highly qualified teachers, private schools, the National
Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS), and procedural
Final Regulations Released: IDEA 2004 - The U.S. Department of
Education has announced the final Part B regulations to implement the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). An
official copy of the final Part B regulations of the IDEA will be published in
the Federal Register on August 14, 2006.
Final IDEA Part D Regs Issued - Service Obligations
- The U.S. Dept. of Education has issued final regulations
dealing with service obligations under Part D of IDEA - the Personnel
Development to Improve the Services and Results for Children with Disabilities
program. These regulations went into effect as of July 5, 2006.
IDEA 2004 Regulations Under Review
- The U. S. Department of Education sent the IDEA 2004
regulations to the Office of Management and Budget. The review by OMB is usually
the last step before federal regulations are published.Why are the federal regulations so important? What changes did Congress
make in IDEA 2004? What are burning questions do the
regulations need to answer?
Special Education Law Changes Raise Concern - Recent changes to the
federal law that governs how 7 million special education students are taught
could weaken parental involvement and scare parents away from taking school
districts to court, according to advocates who testified at a federal hearing
Do the Regs Compare to IDEA 2004? (PDF) - CEC's Side-by-Side Analysis of
the Proposed 2004 IDEA regulations compares language presented in the law,
language in the regulations, and comments on selected provisions of the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In general, the regulations stick
close to the language in IDEA.
Why I Am an Optimist about IDEA 2004 - In Why I Am an Optimist about IDEA
2004, Pete Wright describes a fight he had at age 9, then explains why "I don't
feel gloom and doom about IDEA 2004. I think we can use IDEA 2004 as a powerful
tool to improve educational results and outcomes for our children. Here are some
Draft Proposed IDEA Regulations: The U.S.
Department of Education has announced proposed (draft) regulations to
implement IDEA 2004. The official copy of these draft
regulations will be published in the Federal Register (probably
sometime next week), but so that the public has as much time as possible to
review these regulations, the UNOFFICIAL version
has been posted at
COPAA has a PDF version available on their
site as well (note that the document is over 650 pages long and cross
references both current regulations and the new
statute) at copaa.org/pdf/ProposedIDEA2004Regs.pdf.
For information on the upcoming public comment sessions or to learn
how to submit a written comment, please visit Our Children Left Behind
www.ourchildrenleftbehind.com. [Source: Tricia Luker]
Big Special Education Changes Coming - The reauthorized Individuals with
Disabilities Education Improvement Act, which takes effect July 1, will usher in
sweeping changes to schools' special-education programs. Among them: Individual
Education Plans for most students no longer will contain short-term goals,
parents now will bear the burden for proving that a child's disruptive behavior
stems from a disability and special-ed teachers will have to be "highly
qualified" under the law's provisions.
The Arc Releases Two Helpful Documents on IDEA - The Arc is pleased to present two new
documents to help families, providers and advocates understand the revisions
to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act enacted in the 108th
First is a point-by-point analysis of the changes
(PDF). Also available is a
Users Guide (Word).
Hope Follows Special-ed
Act - U.S. Sen.
Judd Gregg, R-N.H., chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor
and Pensions, recently helped craft a bipartisan agreement to improve federal
special education laws. "We’re still trying to digest it," Pat Dowey, director
of special education for the Exeter Region Cooperative School District, said of
IDEA. But Dowey has already found several things she likes.
President Signs Funding
Legislation - On
December 8, President Bush signed into law the fiscal year 2005 omnibus
appropriations bill that includes funding for the Department of Education. The
spending total is $920 million over last year's spending for education programs,
but it is still $760 million less than the amount requested by President Bush
earlier this year.
House Approves Special
Education Update - The House on Friday approved an update of special
education requirements and pledged less pressure on teachers and more
enforcement of high standards for the disabled. The bill, approved 397-3,
would be the first major revision to the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act in seven years. The law promises a free and appropriate
education in the least restrictive environment to more than 6.7 million
children with special needs.
Congress Agrees to Update Laws on Special Education - Congressional
negotiators have reached agreement on major changes in special education, aiming
to boost discipline in class, better identify children with disabilities, get
help to students earlier and reduce lawsuits by parents.
Parents Target Disabilities Law -
When the U.S. Congress began efforts to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act about two years ago, parents of
special education students across the country were caught somewhat off-guard. "We sort of found out about this on the fly and didn't really know anyone else
who knew anything about it," said Sandy Alperstein, a Buffalo Grove, Ill. resident.
OCLB Special Education Primer:
Discipline - The Data - Why amend IDEA ’97 disciplinary provisions now?
The data that does exist suggests that students who have disabilities are
treated similarly to general education students. The data also suggests that
IDEA 97’ has not become an obstacle or barrier to schools’ disciplinary
-Read the Top 10 Recommendations for IDEA Reauthorization from the Council for
Exceptional Children, a private, non-profit membership organization for teachers
and other professionals who work with special education students. Contains a
good summary of various provisions. Outlines the differences between House and
Senate versions. Congress is expected to take up, and likely decide, the issues
involved in the reauthorization of IDEA in November.
Disability Groups to Converge
on D.C. over IDEA - A number of national groups concerned about the education of children with
disabilities and the current efforts to reauthorize the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), will come together
on October 28, 2004 in Washington D.C. to lobby Congressional members and ask
them to reconsider proposed changes to the Act.
U.S. House Appoints IDEA
Reauthorization Conference Committee - On October 8, 2004 the U.S. House
of Representatives appointed a 14 member conference committee to negotiate the
IDEA reauthorization bill differences with the Senate conferees. The House
conferees included a mixture of representatives from the Education and Workforce
Committee, Judiciary Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee. It is expected
that those from Judiciary will focus on procedural safeguards and those from
Energy and Commerce will focus on Medicaid issues contained in the bill.
CHADD Applauds U.S.
Senate Passage of IDEA - Following months of
deliberation and debate, last week the U.S. Senate passed S.1248, the
reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), by a
Senate Approves Expanded Special Education Bill
- The Senate voted Thursday to make the first major changes in
special education law in seven years, aiming to get help earlier to struggling
children, give teachers more freedom to discipline students and reduce tensions
between parents and schools. The only main point of contention was over money,
as senators overwhelmingly agreed to allow accelerated spending in coming years
but rejected an attempt to make the increases mandatory. The Senate voted 95-3
to renew and update the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the 1975
law guaranteeing equal education to, by last count, 6.7 million children with
Senate Passes a Bad IDEA -
Many parents of children with disabilities were profoundly
disappointed today with the passage of S.1248, the Senate bill to reauthorize
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Only Senators Stabenow (D-MI),
Jeffords (I-VT), and Leahy (D-VT) appeared to have heard the concerns of tens of
thousands of parents who have been voicing their opposition to this bill for the
last year. These courageous Senators’ NO votes proved they value children and
families over institutions.
Our Children Left Behind's IDEA Weekly Update
- We started out this week in defense of
teachers. In light of the “terrorist” slur uttered by U.S. Secretary of
Education, Rod Paige, we thought it appropriate to point out that whatever our
differences with individual teachers over the years, we admire and respect
teachers in general. They are there, every day, in the trenches with our
children. In fact, many of them are heroes. None of them are “terrorists.” Read
“Teachers, Trust, and Terrorism,” posted on our Home page, to see what we’re
talking about. (3-7-04)
Senate Not to Vote on Special Education Law
- Parents and education advocates across the
U.S. are urging the members of the U.S. Senate to haltconsideration of a bill that would drastically change the federal special
education law, known as theIndividuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Action on the bill is
More States Protesting 'No Child' Law - A growing number of state
legislators and school administrators are looking for ways to opt out of
requirements they view as intrusive and underfunded.
Challenging Behavior and Students
With Disabilities - The 1997 Amendments to the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) greatly enhanced the opportunities for
students with disabilities to receive an appropriate education, even when
presenting challenging and dangerous behaviors. While allowing schools to take
immediate action to protect student safety, these IDEA provisions provide
alternative means of addressing dangerous and disruptive behaviors while at the
same time continuing the instructional and behavioral supports necessary to help
students with disabilities meet their educational goals.
Damage Control With the Press:
AYP Reporting Challenges -
No Child Left Behind report cards are coming into the public's eye
more and more, and we are noticing that the press is just naturally trying to
find an angle to intrigue and irritate the public. With the fears and challenges
associated with the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and
assuring Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all students, school officials are
starting to point fingers and identify scapegoats for their perceived failures.
Needless to say, students with disabilities (as a disaggregated data subgroup)
are being implicated.
Take No Prisoners - "I
entitled this past weekend’s IDEA Update, “A Call To Arms.” Knowledge is power,
and so armed with knowledge, I believe we can be a formidable force. That’s what
I was thinking about, of course, when I said we are “armed and dangerous.” I was
thinking about the power of the pen, not the sword."
Children Left Behind's IDEA Weekly Update:
A Call To Arms
(February 1, 2004) - There are 6.5 million children receiving
IDEA services – each of those children has parents, guardians, family members,
and friends who care about them. That could be a formidable voting bloc, if we
were united and vocal, and if we voted.
Our Children Left Behind's IDEA Weekly Update
(January 25, 2004): Quite a week, with the first volley in the
game we call the presidential election! Shortly after releasing his
comprehensive disability rights platform (including detailed recommendations on
IDEA reauthorization, recommendations that go well beyond the usual “full
funding” tripe and actually address enforcement and due process concerns),
Senator Kerry went on to an upset victory in the Iowa caucuses.
Disconnect - Some
policymakers have been asking us for "evidence" to support our arguments.
Home/School Partnerships: Who Really Cares?
- I do! And I am very worried that this IDEA reauthorization
will compromise the existing spirit of healthy home-school partnerships.In the name of education "reform," parents face the risk of being further
and further pushed into situations in which they will be taken to their knees
and forced to cooperate with educators versus being openly invited to
collaborate for the benefit of our students.
Bill Pushed Closer to a Floor Vote
- The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)
has heard that the Senate Reauthorization bill, S. 1248, has been hotlined for a
Senate vote. That means that they are considering an agreement as to the number
of amendments that will be offered in addition to Senator Gregg’s amended bill.
No Child Left Behind — Really? Why I LikeThis Law
- "I am an attorney who represents children
with disabilities. For more than 25 years, I have watched school after school
'drop the ball' — and not
give proper education services to disabled children. The only recourse is for
courageous and determined parents to take on school systems and make them follow
the law, often leading to costly and painful lawsuits" - Bill
Please Don't Leave 6.5 Million Children Behind:An Open Letter to U.S.
Secretary of Education Rod Paige - In December
of 2001, I had the fine opportunity to celebrate the introduction of the No
Child Left Behind Act with you and an auditorium full of education leaders from
across this great land. I vividly recall your compassionate style and sincere
words as you placed your hands gently on my shoulder and whispered,
"This is for your son."
The Truth of the Matter - Our Children Left Behind has been up and
serving American families and organizations with information on the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] reauthorization process since May. We
have tried over these past five months to give straight and accurate information
on the process, and to inspire families and organizations to contact Congress
directly with their stories about IDEA and their concerns about the proposed
for Kids - Shari Krishnan drove about 600 miles from
Oakland County to Washington, D.C., this weekend to battle a
fear in her heart. Sharing the journey was her son, Nick,
an 11-year-old student with autism.
GAO Report on Special Education:Clearer Guidance Would Enhance Implementation of Federal
Disciplinary Provisions - In the 2000-01 school
year, more than 91,000 special education students were removed from their
educational settings for disciplinary reasons. The GAO
(General Accounting Office) was asked to determine where disciplined
special education students are placed, the extent to which local school
districts continue educational services for those students, and how the U.S.
Department of Education provides support and oversight for special education
disciplinary placements. Highlights of the GAO
report are available at
http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d03550high.pdf.The full report is available at
documents are in PDF format)
Discipline Split at Heart of IDEA Overhaul Debate -
Any student who punched a teacher in the stomach, knocked a classmate off
his chair, and then hit a school secretary with a tennis racquet would likely
face severe punishment in the Park Hill school district in suburban Kansas City,
Mo. But after a middle school student in special education engineered that
mayhem there several years ago, Park Hill educators were dismayed by legal
limits on how they could punish him.
Gregg, Kennedy Introduce Bipartisan Special Education Legislation
- U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education,
Labor and Pensions Committee and Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Ranking Member of
the HELP Committee, joined together today, after months of negotiations, to
introduce legislation to reform and reauthorize the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act.
- After her students have all gone home, teacher Sandra
Feinberg often finds her work is far from over. Most days,
though, she doesn't spend that quiet time in her empty classroom
planning lessons or grading papers.
Hollen Introduces Bill to "Keep Our Promises" to American School Children -
"Keep our PACT" Act would fully fundNo
Child Left Behind, Special Education; Rep.Chris Van Hollen (MD-08) today introduced the "Keep Our Promises to America's Children and
Teachers (PACT)" Act, which would provide full funding for No Child Left Behind
Act programs and special education programs under the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
"Fully Funding" The
IDEA? by Reed Martin, J.D. - How About Fully Complying With The IDEA: For 26 years we have heard arguments
about "fully funding" the IDEA.
What does that mean? And where do the arguments come from?
House passes special-education reform
- Sweeping reform of the federal special-education program passed
the House yesterday, but two Republican efforts to allow taxpayer support for
handicapped students in private schools were defeated.
House Backs Vast Changes in Education for Disabled-
While passing major changes to special education laws, the House
also voted against making it easier for disabled children to
attend private school at taxpayer expense.
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Letter To Congress - On March 19th
President Bush began the war against Iraq. That same day, Congress
declared war against 6 million United States students who receive
special education services nationwide by introducing HB 1350, the bill
to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA].
Sought For Special Ed Funds - Early
intervention for students who have reading and other learning difficulties could
help resolve problems early and reduce the number of students in
special-education classes, Canton City School Superintendent Dianne Talarico
recently told a congressional panel.
Commission on Excellence in Special Education Report
Available Online - A New Era: Revitalizing Special Education for Children and Their Families
Presentations Available from Dr. Alan Coulter - View or download excellent slide presentations on IDEA
reauthorization, Focused Monitoring, and efforts by the
federal government to monitor state compliance with federal
law by Dr. Alan Coulter. Dr. Coulter was a member of the
President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education, was
a member of the federal Task Force developing the concept of
Focused Monitoring, and is widely considered to be an expert
in the efforts to improve results for children with
Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
- What do you think about the education
deaf and hard of children are receiving? How about the education your deaf or
hard of hearing child is receiving? Are your child's language and
communication needs being met?
Paperwork Reduction Act of 2002 -
To provide relief to teachers, administrators, and
related services providers from an excessive
paperwork burden, and to reduce time spent
by teachers on non-instructional activities,
as required under the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act.
education formula criticized
The way Wisconsin pays local school districts for
special education could be driving up the numbers of students labeled
with learning or other disabilities, according to a Manhattan
of Parents Organized to Protect IDEA- The National Committee of Parents Organized to Protect IDEA has beencreatedto marshal the support ofparents from across this Nation to ensure that
the basic guarantees in IDEA are protected. The NationalCoalition ofParent
Centers and the National Down Syndrome Society are spearheading thiseffortto organize
and communicate strong parent support to protect this mostimportant law.
Law is not the
The rallying cry of "too much paperwork" is another
attempt to obscure the important issues and specific
requirements of the 1975 Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act (IDEA) that are under attack.
Politics of IDEA Funding
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act up for
reauthorization, policymakers have a chance to end the stalemate
over special education spending while funding the law
differently and smarter than we do now",
writes Andrew J. Rotherham.
Librarians Are Up In Arms
- President Bush wants to
remove any information that disagrees with his views from the Dept of
Education web site, AND limit funding for ERIC!"the department is working on a major overhaul of the existing
website. Theywant to remove outdated
material among other things and improve graphics and make it easier to
use. In amemo sent to all senior staff, the
department said that all information dated prior to Feb. 2001 will beremoved unless it needs to be there for a legal reason or
historical reason. However, they specifically saidthat one of the major criteria for deleting information from
the website will be based on whether it mesheswith the Bush administration's philosophies."
Panel Backs Special Ed Vouchers
- A presidential commission has recommended that federal special
education funds be allowed to pay for the cost of private services or
schools attended by disabled students, so long as other students have
the same options.
of Principles for IDEA Reauthorization Issued by Senate Democrats
- Senate Democrats issued a statement stating that they support
legislation that ensures the civil right to a free and appropriate
public education (FAPE) for all children with disabilities. Principles
include: full funding, fully enforced compliance, comprehensive early
intervention or preschool services, teacher training enhancements,
technology enhancements, viable parent involvement, effective
protections, effective transition services, and effective coordination
of IDEA with other federal, state and local programs. For the full
document as released by Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions
Committee (HELP) Chairman Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), go to:
"Rethinking Special Education: How to Reform the
Individuals with DisabilitiesEducation Act"
held on May 2, 2002 - National
Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Introduces IDEA Watch
- In an effort to provide an ongoing chronology of events associated
with the pending reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA), NCLD has introduced IDEA Watch(http://www.ld.org/advocacy/IDEAwatch.cfm)
on its Web site. This new Web page tracks NCLD legislative activities
as well as all IDEA related activities in the U.S. Congress, the Bush
Administration (including the Dept. of ED), independent organizations
and agencies, and important news stories.
want focus to be on results
- When it comes to special education, following the proper reporting
procedure has become more important than achieving results, witnesses
told a presidential commission here Monday. The prevalent method for
identifying a learning disability is invalid, said David Francis of
the University of Houston. Children are considered disabled when their
performance is below the level that their IQ suggests it should be.
H.R. 1350 Comparison to IDEA ’97 – full document (190 pages)
Part A, including Findings & Purposes, and Sections 602-609 (20 pages)
Part B – Sections 611-612 (34 pages)
Part B – Sections 613-614 (23 pages)
Part B – Section 615 (21 pages)
Part B – Sections 616-619 (15 pages)
Part C (23 pages)
Part D (43 pages)
Title II (National Center for Special Education Research and Title III
(Miscellaneous Provisions) (10 pages)
Position Paper on IDEA Reauthorization - The National Committee of
Parents and Advocates Organized to Protect IDEA represents millions of citizens
who have come together to protect the educational guarantee required by the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The undersigned national,
state and local organizations are united in opposition to the House and Senate
bills that amend and reauthorize IDEA. Both of these bills weaken the rights and
protections necessary to ensure that students with disabilities are not left
Demoralized, and Drained - In the overall context of IDEA reauthorization
from a parent perspective, this week has been full of rumors, anxiety, and
emotions on overdrive. This is because amending Part B of the IDEA is one of the
most important, if not the single most important, decision that our legislators
can make in the lives of 6.5 million students with disabilities.
DREDF Analysis of
SB 1248 - SCHEDULE FOR SENATE BILL 1248: The bill could come to the
Senate floor at any time; the latest dates under discussion are April 7 or April
8. If the bill passes the Senate, it will go to conference where it will have to
be reconciled with the House bill, H 1350.
Comprehensive Side-by-Side Comparison of Part C (the Early Childhood Provisions)of IDEA under Current Law, H.R. 1350, and S.B. 1248 -
click here (pdf)
(by Nancy Peeler, Michigan Department of Community Health Part C State Team
Member and Maureen Casey, Parent Representative to the New York Part C State
Interagency Coordinating Council)
1350: Final Table Of Changes to Part C of IDEA
- (pdf size=190kb) The final change to Part C was made on 4/29/03, and is in
section 635, (a)(16)(B) - regarding the decision making process for determining
settings for service.The next step is for the
US Senate to take action on the reauthorization of IDEA. The Health, Education,
Labor, and Pensions Committee has responsibility for IDEA reauthorization in the
Senate. The committee chair, Sen. Judd Gregg, has announced that a bill will be
introduced by this committee before the Memorial Day recess; however, the
schedule posted at the US Senate website <www.senate.gov>
for May 21-June 18 does not include anything for this committee
pertaining to IDEA. So, keep your eyes and ears open! (from
IDEA is it Anyway? - The House Committee on Education and the
Workforce voted on Thursday, April 10, to send H.R. 1350,
"Improving Education Results for Children with Disabilities Act"
to the House floor. In a press release posted on its website on
Friday, April 11, 2003, the committee pronounced that the bill
was "hailed by school administrators as 'the best special
education policy revisions we've seen in decades'."
Briefing #23 - Calling on parents, advocates, and friends of children with
disabilities to mobilize to defeat H.R. 1350, the "Improving Education Results
for Children with Disabilities Act," the Disability Rights Education and Defense
Fund (DREDF) called the act "harmful to children with disabilities."
Brass Ring: Directing the Press
- We are all being constantly reminded by our
favorite advocacy organizations and other parent groups to write to our Senators
and Representatives during IDEA reauthorization. It is the direct response that
is always in order and essentially the proper first-line thing to do, and
parents do it very well. The opportunity lies in your ability to help direct
your local and favorite press outlets in their approach to IDEA reauthorization
Commentary: Parents: The
Invisible Majority - It is crunch time. Our last chance to make personal, visual contact with
our US Senators is October 4-12, 2003, while they are home during a Senate
recess. The Senate almost certainly will consider S1248, the bill to reauthorize
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA], sometime after this
early October recess.
Life and Death and the
Battle to Save IDEA - On Monday, August 25, 2003 Michael Renner-Lewis III, a 15-year-old who
had autism, went to school at Parchment High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Neither he nor his parents had any idea that he never would come home.
Signs of the Times - Today’s Detroit News ran an article about the Dearborn, Michigan Public
School’s Code of Conduct. The article trumpets the Dearborn School Board’s
recent “triumph” in expanding its Student Code of Conduct to 40-pages. Dearborn
Schools Director of Student Services, Wageh Saad, is quoted as saying, “the
student code of conduct is really a way to have a social contract in the schools
-- 'These are things we don't do.' Students need to be aware of these."
Tired of Playing Hide-N-Seek During IDEA Reauthorization
- Last Wednesday, when the Senate Committee on Health,
Education, Labor, and Pensions (The HELP Committee) moved a meeting, previously
scheduled for 10 a.m. to "mark-up" the bill that proposes to reauthorize the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), to another room at an
"unspecified time," parents across the country who have students with
disabilities felt something fishy was going on in Washington, D.C.
Your Faces to Their Places: The Press Packet
- Congress is Leaving
Children Behind - 6.6 million students with disabilities and their
families stand to lose their right to a free, appropriate public
education. H.R. 1350, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on
April 30, 2003, threatens to dismantle the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Website: Keep Kids Learning
- In response to a poll showing that 44% of parents have a struggling learner
in the household and that an overwhelming majority of parents and teachers
believe that children with learning difficulties need to be identified and
helped earlier, the National Center on Learning Disabilities has sponsored a new
website designed to give parents and professionals a place to express opinions
on the reauthorization of IDEA. Called www.KeepKidsLearning.org, it allows
visitors to easily send their opinions and concerns about the legislation to
their Senator or Representative.