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 Article of Interest - IDEA

IDEA Reauthorizing Briefing #23

from the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), April 4, 2003

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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."

H.R. 1350 was approved by the House Subcommittee on Education and Reform on April 2, 2003. It is scheduled to go to the full House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Wednesday, April 9.

Opponents of the legislation cite the following as limiting options and programs for children:
1. Requiring that an individual educational program (IEP) need only be designed once every three years instead of every year and the elimination of short-term objectives and benchmarks. It is at the IEP where parents are guaranteed involvement in determining their child's educational program. The requirement of short-term objectives and benchmarks allow for a measurement of progress.

2. H.R. 1350 does not contain full funding for IDEA and thus does nothing to ensure that additional resources will accompany these major changes to the law. The bill diverts funds away from direct services to children with disabilities and allows money to be used for a new pre-referral program, to supplant local education funds, to provide "supplemental services," and to be used for purposes other than the provision of services. Advocates support prevention and "pre-referral" programs, but point out that adequate money is not currently provided by the federal government to support needed "post-referral" programs.

3. The discipline provisions of H.R. 1350 punish children with disabilities for disability-related behaviors, remove the civil rights protections of IDEA for children with disabilities, and deny children with disabilities the appropriate supports they need to succeed in school.

4. The bill permits the development of state voucher programs that would send some students with disabilities to private schools that are not accountable under the law.

5. Voluntary binding arbitration, forced settlement discussions without an attorney, waiting periods, and statutes of limitations make it impossible for parents to participate in the process, to monitor school services and supports or to adequately protect their children.

Advocates are particularly concerned about H.R. 1350's discipline provisions. The bill would allow schools to unilaterally expel any child with a disability who is determined to have violated any school "code of conduct," regardless of severity, and to place the child in an alternative interim setting for up to 45 days. Under this provision, a student could be expelled for chewing gum, shouting out in class, or carrying a plastic eating utensil in their lunch box.

The bill eliminates the "manifestation determination" review process altogether, which protects students from being unfairly punished for actions that are beyond their control because they are a "manifestation" or result of student's disability.

The bill eliminates the requirement for functional behavioral assessments and positive behavioral interventions.

In essence, advocates argue, the bill punishes students for behavior which they cannot control and does nothing to require schools to address and help students manage their behavior. The bill allows school district personnel to remove a disabled child from his or her current placement for the violation of any school rule so long as the same duration of discipline would apply to non-disabled students. Advocates are concerned that in addition to unfairly punishing student's for having a disability, the bill also gives schools an excuse to remove students and close programs.

Members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce can be contacted at:

Committee on Education and the Workforce
U. S. House of Representatives
2181 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-4527
TDD/TTY: (202) 226-3372

Link to web sites of Representative's Offices:

John A. Boehner, Ohio, Chairman
Washington, DC: (202) 225-6205
FAX 202-202-225-0704
Toll free in Ohio: (800) 582-1001

Republican Members

Thomas E. Petri, Wisconsin
(Vice Chairman)
Washington, DC: 202/225-2476
FAX: 202-225-2356
Toll-free in Wisconsin: 800/242-4883

Cass Ballenger, North Carolina
Washington, DC: 202-225-2576
FAX: 202-225-0316
Toll free in NC only: 800-477-2576

Peter Hoekstra, Michigan
Washington, DC: (202)225-4401
FAX: 202-226-0779
Holland District Office (616)395-0030
Muskegon District Office: (231)722-8386
Cadillac District Office (231)775-0050

Howard "Buck" McKeon, California
Washington, DC: (202) 225-1956
FAX: 202-226-0683
Santa Clarita District Office: 661) 254-2111

Michael N. Castle, Delaware
Washington DC: (202) 225-4165
FAX: 202-225-2291
EMAIL: Go to website:
Wilmington Office: (302) 428-1902
Dover Office: (302) 736-1666
Toll Free: (800) 292-9541

Sam Johnson, Texas
Washington, DC: (202) 225-4201
FAX: 202-225-1485
EMAIL: go to website:
District Office: (972) 470-0892

James C. Greenwood, Pennsylvania
Washington, DC: (202) 225-4276
FAX: 202-225-9511
EMAIL: Go to website -
Doylestown Office: (215) 348-7511
Langhorne Office: (215) 752-7711

Charlie Norwood, Georgia
Washington, DC: (202) 225-4101
FAX: 202-226-0776
EMAIL: Go to website -
Augusta Office: (706) 733-7066
Toccoa Office: (706) 886-2776

Fred Upton, Michigan
Washington, DC: (202) 225-3761
FAX: 202-225-4986
Kalamazoo Office: (269) 385-0039
St. Joseph Office: (269) 982-1986

Vernon J. Ehlers, Michigan
Washington, DC: 202/225-3831
FAX: 202-225-5144
EMAIL: Go to website -
Grand Rapids Office: 616/451-8383

Jim DeMint, South Carolina
Washington, DC: (202) 225-6030
FAX: 202-226-1177
Greenville Office: (864) 232-1141
Spartanburg Office: (864) 582-6422
Union Office: (864) 427-2205

Johnny Isakson, Georgia
Washington, DC: 202-225-4501
FAX: 202-225-4656
Georgia District Office: 404-252-5239

Judy Biggert, Illinois
Washington, DC: 202-225-3515
FAX: 202-225-9420
EMAIL: Go to website:
District Office: 630-655-2052

Todd Russell Platts, Pennsylvania
Washington, DC: (202) 225-5836
FAX: 202-202-226-1000
EMAIL: Go to website:
Toll Free: 1-877-902-1919
Adams County Office: (717) 338-1919
Cumberland Co. Office: (717) 249-0190
York County Office: (717) 600-1919

Patrick J. Tiberi, Ohio
Washington, DC: (202) 225-5355
FAX: 202-226-4523
EMAIL: Go to website:
Time Sensitive Matters: 614-523-2555
District Office: (614) 523-2555

Ric Keller, Florida
Washington, DC: (202) 225-2176
FAX: 202-225-0999
EMAIL: Go to website:
Orlando District Office: (407) 872-1962
Eustis District Office: (888) 642-1211
Oscala District Office: (888) 642-1211

Tom Osborne, Nebraska
Washington, DC: 202-225-6435
FAX: 202-226-1385
EMAIL: Go to website -
Scottsbluff District Office: 308-632-3333
Grand Island District Office: 308-381-5555

Joe Wilson, South Carolina
Washington, DC: (202) 225-2452
FAX: 202-225-2455
Lowcountry District Office: (843) 521-2530
The Midlands District Office: (803) 939-0041

Thomas Cole, Oklahoma
Washington, DC: 202-225-6165
FAX: 202-225-3512
Norman Office: 405-329-6500
Lawton Office: 580-357-2131

Jon C. Porter, Nevada
Washington, DC: 202-225-3252
FAX: 202-225-2185
EMAIL: Go to website -

John Kline, Minnesota
Washington, DC: :(202) 225-2271
FAX: 202-225-2595
Toll Free at: (888) 808-6644
Burnsville District Office: :(952) 808-1213

John R. Carter, Texas
Washington, DC: 202-225-3864
FAX: 202-225-5886
EMAIL: Go to website:
Round Rock Office: 512-246-1600
College Station Office: 979-846-6068

Marilyn N. Musgrave, Colorado
Washington, DC: (202) 225-4676
FAX: 202-225-5870
Loveland Office:(970) 663-3536
Greeley Office: (970) 352-4037
Sterling Office: (970) 522-1788
Las Animas Office: (719) 456-0925

Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee
Washington, DC: 202-225-2811
FAX: 202-225-3004
EMAIL: Go to website:
Clarksville Office; 931-503-0391
Memphis Office: 901-382-5811
Franklin Office: 615-591-5161

Phil Gingrey, Georgia
Washington, DC: 202-225-2931
FAX: 202-225-2944
Carrollton District Office: 770-836-8130
Marietta District Office:770-429-1776
Rome District Office: 706-290-1776

Max Burns, Georgia
Washington, DC: 202-225-2823
FAX: 202-225-3377
August Office: 706-854-4595
Statesboro Office: 912-764-4589
Savannah Office: 912-352-1736

Democrat Members

George Miller, California
(Ranking Minority Member)
Washington, DC: (202) 225-2095
FAX: 202-225-5609
Concord District Office: (925) 602-1880
Richmond District Office: (510) 262-6500
Vallejo District Office: (925) 602-1880

Dale E. Kildee, Michigan
Washington, DC: 202-225-3611
FAX: 202-225-6393
Flint District Office: 810-239-1437
Toll Free to MI Offices 1-800-662-2685

Major R. Owens, New York
Washington, DC: (202) 225-6231
FAX: 202-226-0112
EMAIL: Go to website -
District Office 1: (718) 773-3100

Donald M. Payne, New Jersey
Washington, DC: (202) 225-3436
FAX: 202-225-4160
EMAIL: Go to website -
Newark Office: (973) 645-3213
Elizabeth Office: (908) 629-0222

Robert E. Andrews, New Jersey
Washington, DC: (202) 225 - 6501
FAX: 202-225-6583
District Offices: (856) 546 - 5100

Lynn C. Woolsey, California
Washington, DC: (202) 225-5161
FAX: 202-225-5163
EMAIL: Go to website -
Marin Office:(415) 507-9554
Sonoma County Office: (707) 542-7182

Rubén Hinojosa, Texas
Washington, DC: (202) 225-2531
FAX: 202-225-5688
McAllen Office: (956) 682-5545
Beeville Office: (361) 358-8400

Carolyn McCarthy, New York
Washington, DC: 202-225-5516
FAX: 202-225-5758
EMAIL: Go to website -
Hempstead: 516-489-7066

John F. Tierney, Massachusetts
Washington, DC: 202-225-8020
FAX: 202-225-5915
EMAIL: Go to website:
Peabody Office: 978-531-1669
Lynn Office: 781-595-7375

Ron Kind, Wisconsin
Washington, DC: 202-225-5506
FAX: 202-225-5739
EMAIL: Go to website:
LaCrosse Office: 608-782-2558
Eau Claire Office: 715-831-9214

Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio
Washington, DC: 202-225-5871
FAX: 202-225-5745
EMAIL: Go to website:
Lakewood Office: 216-228-8850
Parma Office: 440-845-2707

David Wu, Oregon
Washington, DC: 202-225-0855
FAX: 202-225-9497
EMAIL: Go to website:
Portland: 503-326-2901

Rush D. Holt, New Jersey
Washington, DC: 202-225-5801
FAX: 202-225-6025
EMAIL: Go to website -
Princeton Junction Office: 609-750-9365

Susan Davis, California
Washington, DC: 202-225-2040
FAX: 202-225-2948
San Diego Office: 619-280-5353

Betty McCollum, Minnesota
Washington, DC: 202-225-6631
FAX: 202-225-1968
EMAIL: Go to website -
St. Paul Office: 651-224-9191

Danny Davis, Illinois
Washington, DC: 202-225-5641
FAX: 202-225-5641
EMAIL: Go to website -
Chicago Office: 773-533-7520
Maywood Office: 708-345-6857

Ed Case, Hawaii
Washington, DC: 202-225-4906
FAX: 202-225-4987
Honolulu Office: 808-541-1986

Raul M. Grijalva, Arizona
Washington, DC: 202-225-2435
FAX: 202-226-6846
Tucson Office: 520-622-6788

Denise L. Majette, Georgia
Washington, DC: 202-225-1605
FAX: 202-226-0691
EMAIL: Go to website -
Decatur Office: 404-633-0927

Chris Van Hollen, Maryland
Washington, DC: 202-225-5341
FAX: 202-225-0375
Rockville Office: 301-424-3501

Timothy J. Ryan, Ohio
Washington, DC: 202-225-5261
FAX: 202-225-3719
Youngstown Office: 330-740-0193

Timothy H. Bishop, New York
Washington, DC: 202-225-3826
FAX: 202-225-3143
Coram Office: 631-696-6500

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