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Article of Interest - IDEA Reauthorization

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Bridges4Kids LogoIDEA Weekly Update
by Sandy Alperstein,, March 6-7, 2004
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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.

Also on our Home page this week, we take a lighthearted view of this IDEA “reauthorization” process in “Bone of Contention.” See how Debi Lewis has managed to use my new puppy as inspiration for a piece about IDEA! On a more serious note, in “Rhetoric or Reality,” we remember that in an election year we will be seeing a lot of good packaging and hearing a lot of nice words, but that we need to demand more than empty campaign promises. We need to demand actions that help, rather than hurt, our kids!

To do that, we need to get our acts together – literally! Read “Guns and Gumption,” and then please write in with your ideas for how we can get parents united behind IDEA the way the NRA has gotten gun owners united behind its agenda.

Finally, please keep visiting, calling and writing your Senators! As we note in “Snowballing,” you never know which visit, call or letter might be the turning point, the one that made the difference. Every contact counts, and yours might be the one that swings the vote in our direction. So please, please make your voices heard now! The Senate bill is scheduled to be debated and voted on this month! For information about events being sponsored by TASH and the League of Special Education Voters, please see the flyer posted on our Breaking News page. There are events scheduled for D.C. and things you can do right in the comfort of your own home. Please participate – please help get that snowball rolling!

On our Press Info page this week, we have added “Guidelines for Reporting and Writing About People with Disabilities.” This piece provides useful information to help you use appropriate language when discussing people with disabilities, and can help you with writing your letters, press releases, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, etc.

Finally, on our Message Board this week, we have posted the testimony of a parent at the hearing that took place this week in Congress on the AYP (adequate yearly progress) requirements of NCLB (No Child Left Behind) for students with disabilities.

Well, that’s it for this week. Let’s make the next few weeks count!

Our Children Left Behind [OCLB] was created and is owned/operated by parent volunteers (Sandy Alperstein, Tricia & Calvin Luker, Shari Krishnan, and Debi Lewis). Permission to forward, copy, and/or post this article is granted provided that it is done in its entirety and is attributed to the author(s) and For more about OCLB or to share information, please contact


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