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The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
January 28, 2003


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Special Ed Funding Threatened - Kids Need Our Help! January 28, 2003


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Alert - Special Ed Funding Threatened - Kids Need Our Help!
January 28, 2003

On January 23rd the Senate passed a spending bill that increases special education funding significantly. This bill puts the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on track for full funding in six years. The Senate also added $5 billion as a block grant.

To find out how these amendments will affect your state, visit www.nea.org/lac/03fund.html.

Gains May be Lost

Proposals by the Bush administration and a bill passed by the House would underfund the NCLB and IDEA. A House-Senate Conference Committee will take up the Senate and House spending bills this week (January 26-30).

Kids don't vote. Parents, family members, teachers, and child advocates must speak up on their behalf.

Take Action - Contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators

Many states are facing severe budget shortfalls. States and local school districts need additional funding to improve special education and ensure that No Child Left Behind gets off to a good start.

You will make it more likely that the Senate funding bill will pass if you contact your members of Congress. When you write to your Representative or Senator, your letter will be more effective if you describe a real funding need in your school, classroom, or district.

You can send your letters to Congress through the Legislative Action Center at the National Center for Learning Disabilities:

http://capwiz.com/ld/issues/alert/?alertid=1235916&type=CO

When you enter your zip code, you go to a page with your Senators' and Representative's names. You can copy your personal letter into the text box - very easy!

Writing a short letter will only take a few minutes of your time. Be a hero - speak up for the kids!

Lack confidence in your letter-writing skills? Read "12 Rules for Writing Great Letters:"

http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/12rules_letters.htm


IDEA & NCLB

Learn about the reauthorization of IDEA: http://www.wrightslaw.com/news/idea2002.htm

Learn about No Child Left Behind: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/nclb.index.htm


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