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President Signs Reauthorized IDEA
December 3, 2004, the President signed the reauthorized IDEA into
law. The signing ceremony was attended by members of Congress and
officials from the Department of Education.
Excerpts from the President's remarks at the signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act:
America's schools educate over 6 million children with disabilities. In the past, those students were too often just shuffled through the system with little expectation that they could make significant progress or succeed like their fellow classmates. Children with disabilities deserve high hopes, high expectations, and extra help."
this bill, we're raising expectations for students. We're giving schools
and parents the tools they need. We're applying the reforms of the
No Child Left Behind Act to the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Improvement Act so schools are accountable for teaching every child."
Some students with disabilities need intensive, individualized help. This law, for the first time, will support tutoring programs to help children in schools that need improvement."
The people who care most about the students are the teachers and the parents who know their needs and know their names. So we're giving more flexibility and control over the students' education to parents and teachers and principals."
students in America can learn. That's what all of us believe. We have
an obligation to make sure no child is left behind. I'm honored to
sign the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of
text of Presidents remarks.