Encourage Congress to fully fund IDEA

While there are relatively few things about public education funding that governors, state legislators and school board members from across the political spectrum agree on, one of them is likely that the federal government is under-funding special education in this country.

A renewed push is now underway for Congress to fully fund the federal commitment under the federal special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  You can join in that effort.

Bi-partisan legislation recently introduced—called the IDEA Full Funding Actwould authorize a 10-year plan to fully fund IDEA. The WASB is working with the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to secure House and Senate co-sponsors for the bicameral, bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act (H.R. 1878 and S. 866).

You can contact your members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation by accessing the NSBA’s call-to-action here.

The current list of U.S. Representatives who have signed on as co-sponsors of the IDEA Full Funding Act is posted here.  Senate co-sponsors are listed here.

The current federal share is less than 15%, even though Congress originally set a goal to fund 40% of the cost of educating students with disabilities in 1975 when it first enacted federal special education laws outlining the services that states and school districts are required to provide to all students with disabilities.

For a more in-depth look at federal underfunding of IDEA, please see this previous post.