On March 5, 2014, members of both parties introduced a bill in Congress to fully fund IDEA. NAME will follow this bill closely to assess its potential impact on School Based Services and Special Education programs.
If passed, the bill would fund IDEA as promised almost 40 years ago to American students with special needs. The bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act, strongly supported by the National Education Association (NEA), goes back to the original Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142), passed in 1975. At the time, the federal government committed to pay 40 percent of the average per pupil expenditure for special education in order to provide opportunity for every child with disabilities.
However, in the 39 years since the Act has been passed, the pledge has never been met. The current federal funding is at just 15.3 percent. The bipartisan legislation would require regular increases in IDEA spending to finally meet the commitment Congress made decades ago. To read the full article <click here>
February 12, 2012 marks a red-letter day in the history of NAME.
Today, USDOE-OSERS announced a major revision related to parental consent regulations for accessing public insurance authorized by IDEA 34 CFR §300.154 (d) which relates to the responsibilities of school districts across America to access Medicaid reimbursement for certain special education and related services.
A Q&A to explain what the revisions mean to schools across the United States.
NAME has worked tirelessly to revise the 2006 regulations since 2006 by working with federal education officials and other national partners. Part of this work included providing OSERS with an understanding of the reasons why the regulations needed to be revised.
NAME, parents and school districts across the country will now reap the benefits of the revised regulations.
Today- February 12, 2013- is validation that NAME is an organization that has the ability to affect profound improvements for our membership. As a direct result of our efforts, we have brought about real improvement to our cause which was achieved truly...in the NAME of collaboration!