In 1975 Congress passed, and President Ford signed into law, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) - now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - revolutionary legislation that has afforded students with disabilities access to a free and appropriate public education. Unfortunately, for the last 34 years, Congress has failed to keep its promise to provide 40 percent of the national average per pupil expenditure for every child in special education, despite an increase in students receiving special education.
This week legislation has been introduced in both the House and the Senate to fund IDEA. Representatives Van Hollen, Walz and Platts introduced H.R. 3578, the Everyone Deserves Unconditional Access to Education Act (EDUCATE). This legislation that will provide mandatory full funding of IDEA Part B. Please let your representative know how important it is to fund IDEA. Click HERE for an easy link to send your message. Senator Tom Harkin introduced S. 1652, legislation that will provide mandatory full funding of IDEA Part B. To urge your senator to sign onto S1652 click HERE.