IDEA Full Funding Coalition Letter to the Senate and House

Friday, March 27, 2015
Federal Advocacy Resources

A coalition of education organizations dedicated to advocating for the full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) submitted this letter to both the Senate and House Subcommittees on Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations. On behalf of students with disabilities, teachers, specialized instructional support professionals, parents, administrators, and school boards, the letter urges the subcommittees to provide increased funding for IDEA within the FY2016 LHHS‐Education appropriation.

IDEA is the major—but not sole—vehicle for providing education to students with disabilities. In fact, students with disabilities are general education students first, with nearly two‐thirds of students with disabilities spending at least 80 percent of their time in a general education setting. Investing in education is the right thing for our students today and our nation’s future. We appreciate your commitment to fulfilling Congress’s original promise to IDEA and encourage you to provide the funding needed for all education programs.

Coalition of Education Organizations

AASA, The School Superintendents Association
American Federation of Teachers
American Speech‐Language‐Hearing Association
Association of Educational Service Agencies
Council for Exceptional Children
Council of Great City Schools
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of State Directors of Special Education
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Education Association
National PTA
National Rural Education Association
National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition
National School Boards Association

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