ALERT! Tell Your Senator to Vote NO on the Isakson Amendment

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Do Not Allow Schools to Lower Expectations for Students with Disabilities

Call Your Senator Today!

Your Message: Vote NO on S 1571

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October 17, 2011


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Do not allow schools to lower the academic expectations for students with disabilities.

On October 19th, Senator Isakson (R-GA) is expected to offer an amendment to No Child Left Behind during Senate Committee consideration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Act of 2011.

The amendment, S 1571, would discriminate against students with disabilities by allowing schools to significantly lower the academic expectations for students, based on their scores in state accountability tests. This use of this test, for this purpose, would apply only to children with disabilities.

Tell your Senator to vote NO on the Isakson Amendment.

S 1571, the Isakson amendment:

  • would provide additional remediation to a student who scored poorly on the state accountability test, unless that child had a disability.
  • would remove the limits on how many students with disabilities can be counted as making sufficient progress using less challenging systems of standards and assessments.
  • would allow schools to take millions of students with disabilities off track for a regular high school diploma as early as 3rd grade, simply because they receive special education services.

Read this summary by Wrightslaw Research Editor Sue Whitney, S1571 Proposed by Senator Isakson Would Discriminate Against Children with Disabilities.

Call or Write Your Senator Today!

All children deserve equal access to education. Tell your Senator to vote NO on the Isakson Amendment.

It is especially important to contact members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Click on the article to find which states have HELP Committee members and a Copaa Fact Sheet outlining the main points of the bill.

Learn the facts - then - do something today!

Link to this Action Alert -

Your Message: Vote NO on the Isakson Amendment

Ask your Senator to vote NO on the Isakson amendment to lift caps on alternate assessments for students with disabilities.

1. Call your Senators today! 202-224-3121 (TTY 202-225-1904).

2. Find your Senator and contact information using this link

Ask for the staff member who handles education or disability.  Tell them to vote NO on the Isakson Amendment.

3. E-mail: You can e-mail your Senators using this link .

Members of Congress pay particular attention to personalized messages from their constituents. Copaa suggests including a personal story about how your child has had academic success and has achieved in the regular classroom with his/her peers due to high expectations and appropriate services and support.

Here's a message you can use and more information about the bill.

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