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NSBA launches new initiative to reauthorize and fully fund IDEA

NSBA today launched an initiative to advocate for the reauthorization and full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NSBA will highlight the critical need for the federal government to fulfill a long overdue promise to provide equal access to public education for all students and work with Congress to update this vital law.

NSBA Launches New Initiative to Reauthorize and Fully Fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

NSBA launched an initiative to advocate for the reauthorization and full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NSBA will highlight the critical need for the federal government to fulfill a long overdue promise to provide equal access to public education for all students and work with Congress to update this vital law.

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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.

L.H. v. Hamilton County Department of Education (6th Cir.)

Special Education & Disabilities: What are the appropriate standards for determining whether an educational placement offers the least restrictive environment (“LRE”) for a student with a disability and whether a change in location constitutes a change of placement?

R.M. v. Gilbert Unified School District (9th Cir.)

Special Education & Disabilities: Whether IDEA's FAPE requirement that a student's IEP must provide educational benefit as defined by Endrew F.  outweighs IDEA's preference for such benefit in the least restrictive environment.

M.R. v. Ridley School District

Third Circuit order denying petition for rehearing en banc.

M.R. v. Ridley School District (3d. Cir. Pet. for rhrg en banc)

Special Education & Disabilities: Whether parents who succeed on claim for reimbursement for private school tuition under IDEA's stay put provision are a prevail party entitled to attorneys' fees

M.L. v. Smith, No. 15-1977 (4th Cir. Aug. 14, 2017)

Fourth Circuit panel held that Maryland school district provided with a disabled student with a free appropriate public education as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act even though the student's individualized education plan did not address the students religious and cultural needs. 

NSBA and over 35 national orgs. call for full funding of IDEA

NSBA and over 35 organizations joined today in advocating for the full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), on behalf of over 6.2 million students with disabilities, their teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, parents, school boards and administrators. Following is an excerpt from our joint letter to policymakers:

NSBA and Coalition Call for Full Funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

NSBA and a coalition of more than 35 organizations joined today in advocating for the full funding of IDEA on behalf of over 6.2 million students with disabilities, their teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, parents, school boards and administrators. Read their letter to policymakers here:

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