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Originally signed into law in 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the main federal statute governing special education for children. Today, IDEA protects the rights of over six million students with disabilities (approximately 13.5 percent of students) to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education in the least restrictive environment. NSBA urges the federal government to modernize and fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Act. We've recently launched a new initiative to highlight this critical need and help ensure our country’s students with disabilities receive the access and supports they need to succeed.
On June 7, 2019, Patte Barth passed away after a long battle with cancer. She has left us physically, but her research, her dedication to public education and her passion to serve every student in public schools will endure as her legacy at NSBA's Center for Public Education (CPE).
Executive Director and CEO Thomas J. Gentzel explains how the inclusion of a citizenship question in the Decennial Census will discourage immigrant communities from responding, resulting in less funds for schools and programs that serve our most vulnerable students.
In 2017-18, approximately 6.9 million students attended special education in K-12 public schools. As participation rates continue to grow, a fully-funded Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is more important than ever.
NSBA’s 2018-19 President Frank C. Pugh supported the California Voting Rights Act which lessened the burden for ethnic communities to challenge “at-large” election systems even though it meant giving up his seat on the school board.