IDEA Money Watch – Because We Need to Know Where the Money Goes!

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IDEA Money Watch tracks the $13 billion in annual federal funds provided to states and local school districts for special education.

http://ideamoneywatch.com/main/

IDEA Money Watch is a project of The Advocacy Institute. http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/

2018 News

April 25, 2018: New interactive map provides state-by-state information on the federal funding provided to support states and districts in providing special education, the amount Congress promised to pay and the funding gap that must be filled by state and local dollars.

Find Your State’s Funding Gap

Go to the map at IDEA Money Watch and hover over your state to see the latest funding gap and cost shifting.

http://www.ideamoneywatch.com/balancesheet/?p=811

More News from IDEA Money Watch

June 5, 2018: U.S. Education Sec’y DeVos appears before Senate Appropriations Committee regarding the FY19 Budget request for education – which continues the severe under-funding of IDEA. The hearing can be watched here.

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/subcommittees/labor-health-and-human-services-education-and-related-agencies

March 23, 2018: IDEA gets tiny bump in FY18 Omnibus spending bill passed by Congress … $13.1 billion up from $12.8 billion – no where close to what Congress promised. Here’s a summary from NEA.

http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/FY18-Final-Appropriations-for-Education-Related-Discretionary-Programs.pdf

March 20, 2018: U.S. Education Sec’y DeVos appears before the House Appropriations Committee regarding the FY19 Budget request for education – which continues the severe under-funding of IDEA. The hearing can be watched live here.

https://appropriations.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=395133

February 12, 2018: Trump administration releases FY 2019 budget proposal, providing level funding for IDEA.

https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/presidents-budget-expands-education-freedom-protects-vulnerable-students

Details on the funding request for IDEA is available from the NEA here.

http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/Trump_DeVos-FY19-Budget-Request-for-Special-Education-with-State-Tables.pdf

February 7, 2018: National Council on Disability releases series of briefs on IDEA including “Broken Promises: The Underfunding of IDEA.”

https://ncd.gov/publications/2018/individuals-disabilities-education-act-report-series-5-report-briefs

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