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.
We support the remedies requested in the Class Petition for Guidance Documents that was filed by parents, labor unions, and the Advocacy Institute to the Department of Education on March 23, 2021, some of which include:
We are committed to fighting for the necessary resources for our most vulnerable students during this devastating pandemic and as we work towards a new normal where the federal government finally fulfills its promises to our students, schools, and communities.
Now is the time to provide adequate funding for students with disabilities and protect the civil rights of students of color with disabilities!
In addition to signing our petition, you can support the campaign by downloading a square or rectangle graphic below to use in a social posts.
Use the hashtag #FulfillThePromise and the link FulfillThePromise.net.
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