NSBA CEO & Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel released the following statement proceeding the reintroduction of the IDEA High Cost Pool Funding Act by Representatives Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) and Jared Huffman (CA-02):

The National School Boards Association appreciates the leadership of Representatives Mark DeSaulnier and Jared Huffman in introducing the IDEA High Cost Pools Funding Act. This legislation will provide greater flexibility and federal resources in helping our school districts fulfill special education priorities for almost seven million students. The IDEA High Cost Pools Funding Act will help our public schools close achievement gaps and advance equity in education.

To learn more, read the press release from Representative Huffman’s office.

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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.

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