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3, 2004. Last summer, the Senate HELP Committee voted
to approve the controversial Senate Bill 1248 to reauthorize the
IDEA. In December, Congress
adjourned for the holidays before the Senate voted on Senate
recent months, advocacy groups have formed with the goal of preserving
the IDEA. Their strategies include educating parents, policymakers
and the media and teaching parents how to speak out. Other groups
are planning a demonstration and march against
Senate Bill 1248 in Washington, DC.
Our Children Left Behind (OCLB)
Our Children Left Behind (OCLB) is a site created by parent volunteers. The site has dozens of well-written, informative articles and weekly IDEA Updates. This week's IDEA Update is "A Call to Arms" a call to exercise your constitutional right to vote.
and Go or Ride and Hide - We Decide
are 6.5 million children receiving IDEA services each of
those children has parents, guardians, family members, and friends
who care about them. That could be a formidable voting bloc, if
we were united and vocal, and if we voted. But, unfortunately, too
many in the disability community have historically abdicated their
civic responsibility to vote. That needs to change, and it needs
to change now!"
To facilitate change, OCLB prepared a Voters Primary Primer that explains the legislative processes that lead up to the general election. What Should I Say or Write to My Senators? will help you synthesize the issues that are of concern to you.
News page, you can read an update
and talking points prepared by the National Coalition of Parent
Centers. You may also want to read Parents
Tell Senators to Reject IDEA Reauthorization Plan about why
parents are opposing S.1248.
weeks ago, in We
Have Located Some Heroes, OCLB reported that the Michigan State
Board of Education introduced an IDEA reauthorization position paper
that supports the present IDEA. They (and we) urge you to read this
article, then work with your Boards of Education to do the same.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Across America - Just Vote "No" to
S. 1248 (March 15-16, 2004)
The League of Special Education Voters is a recent startup. Their mission is to create a unified voting bloc of parents, guardians and other supporters of the 6.5 million children with disabilities who receive services under IDEA.
They plan to organize events (including the Washington demonstration in March), monitor political developments, educate legislators, the media, and the general public, and empower the families of children with disabilities.