Forty years ago, federal lawmakers transformed how we educate our special needs students with the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). They also committed to pay 40 percent of the per pupil cost of educating students with special needs.
But the federal government has never met even half of that obligation to the states and the students and families who rely on the critical services and programs that public schools provide.
The chronic underfunding of IDEA has forced states and districts to cut elsewhere to fulfill the law’s mandates.
The federal government’s unfulfilled promise cost the states a collective $17 billion for the current school year.
Let’s show Congress exactly how much they shortchanged students in your state.
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