IDEA Alert - Negotiations on IDEA Reauthorization to Begin
On September 21, the Senate and House of Representatives agreed to meet in conference to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Download this Alert.
The next step is for members of the Senate and House to meet in a conference committee to resolve the differences between these two bills. Senate Democrats refused to meet in conference with the House until they were assured that they would have a meaningful role in developing the bill to reauthorize the IDEA.
On September 21, the logjam broke when the Senate Minority Leader approved an agreement between Senator Judd Gregg (R-N.H) and Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass), the main sponsors of the Senate bill. All members of the Senate HELP Committee were appointed as Senate conferees. The House is expected to name its conferees later this week.
are the parent of a child with a disability, you represent your child's
interests. You need to stay informed about changes to the law that
will affect your child.
Left Behind developed a short "To-Do
List" that you can use to make your voice heard.
Our Children Left Behind published Guiding Principles for the Conference Committee:
* Promote school and community awareness of disability issues.
* Increase opportunities for children with disabilities to be educated in fully inclusive settings.
* Provide services to equalize educational opportunities for students with disabilities.
* Preserve or enhance the participatory and procedural protections in IDEA '97.
* Preserve or enhance the due process rights for children and parents in IDEA '97.
* Promote educational opportunities for parents to learn about the law.
* Strengthen parent-professional partnerships.
* Measure educational progress; use data collection to measure the effectiveness of programs and strategies.
"I am concerned about the future of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). I think the concerns expressed by parents have been overlooked, downplayed, or pointedly ignored. I am paying very close attention to your actions on this issue."
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