Tag Archives: Individuals with Disabilties Education Act (IDEA)

Advocacy Alert: Urge Congress to fully fund IDEA

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.

With Congress currently in the middle of its August recess period, most members are back in their districts.  This is a great time to contact your U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator and urge them to support bi-partisan legislation—called the IDEA Full Funding Act—that would authorize a 10-year plan to get us to full funding of IDEA. You can get helpful information about contacting your members of Congress from the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) advocacy webpage here   Continue reading Advocacy Alert: Urge Congress to fully fund IDEA

What school board members should know about the U.S. Census

Next year’s U.S. Census, known as Census 2020, will be the 24th decennial census.  National Census Day, the reference day used for the census count, will be April 1, 2020.

The census provides a snapshot of national, state and local demographics. The data collected help the federal government decide where to focus its attention and resources (i.e., funding).  For that reason, ensuring an accurate census count is important for states and schools.

Studies suggest that states can lose between $1,000 and $1,300 for each person not counted. Continue reading What school board members should know about the U.S. Census

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. Continue reading Encourage Congress to fully fund IDEA

A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part two of a series

This is the second of a series of blog posts that takes a look at special education requirements and funding, including both state and federal funding.  This post focuses on federal funding. 

When state and federal mandates to provide special education service were first imposed on local school districts back in the 1970s, it was generally assumed that targeted state and federal funding that went along with these mandates would cover much, if not all, of the costs of providing special  education services to students with disabilities.  That assumption was quickly proven wrong. Continue reading A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part two of a series

A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part one of a series

This is the first of a series of blog posts that takes a look at special education requirements and funding, including both state and federal funding.

Both state and federal law require school districts to provide special education services to pupils with disabilities.

Wisconsin state law has mandated special education services for pupils with disabilities since the 1973-74 school year.  This predates the federal mandate for special education services, which began in 1975 with the enactment of the federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHCA), the precursor to the current  federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (or IDEA).  Continue reading A closer look at Special Education funding in Wisconsin—Part one of a series

New federal spending law increases education aid; rejects push for vouchers

The new federal 2018 fiscal year spending law passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump increases spending at the U.S. Department of Education by $2.6 billion over previously enacted levels, up to $70.9 billion.

The two biggest federal K-12 education spending programs will see significant increases–Title I funding, which funds programs to improve the education of disadvantaged students, is increased by $300 million to $15.8 billion, and IDEA grants for special education rise by $299 million to $13.1 billion. Continue reading New federal spending law increases education aid; rejects push for vouchers

WASB leaders take advocacy for WI public schools to Congress

Last week, members of the WASB Executive Committee traveled to our nation’s capital to meet with members of our Wisconsin Congressional delegation and their staff and discuss WASB’s concerns and priorities for federal legislation affecting K-12 public schools.

It was a vital time to be on Capitol Hill as Congress worked on funding legislation to avert a federal government shutdown and to begin finalizing 2018 fiscal year funding as well as making preparations to take up the fiscal year 2019 budget. Continue reading WASB leaders take advocacy for WI public schools to Congress