We are a growing diverse coalition of parents of students with disabilities, disability rights organizations, educator unions, community organizations, and representatives from our respective communities across the US.
We are putting the Federal Government on notice through a “Class Petition for Guidance,” which starts a 90-day countdown for the federal government to respond with meaningful guidance on how school districts can meet the educational needs of students of color with disabilities.
The failure of the federal government to keep the promise of funding IDEA at 40% means school districts across the country must battle each year for the meager federal funds which has pitted special education and general education against each other, when in fact all students benefit from funding the IDEA program.
We also know that both the short-term needs of our children as we return to schools after a devastating pandemic, as well as the sustained, permanent funding of IDEA, must be met. Our communities must be properly funded as we continue to recover from this pandemic that has taken a toll on all our students, but especially our students of color and students in poverty.
Our coalition will continue to work with Department of Education on guidance to school districts.
If you’re a member of Congress:
If you are parents of students with disabilities, disability rights organizations, educator unions or community organizations:
Now is the time to provide adequate funding for students with disabilities and protect the civil rights of students of color with disabilities!
In 1975, Congress passed what would become the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to ensure every child with a disability has access to educational opportunity. At the same time, Congress promised to pay for 40 percent of the cost of educating students with disabilities. Congress has never lived up to that promise—the closest it has come to reaching the 40 percent commitment was 18 percent in 2005. And current funding is less than 16 percent.
Fill out your information below and then click “Start Writing” to urge your Congress members to keep the promise and cosponsor the IDEA Full Funding Act.
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Use the hashtag #FulfillThePromise and the link FulfillThePromise.net.
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