Excerpt from www.EducationVotes.org, by Colleen Flaherty, posted 3-6-14

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>

And more information about the bill from one of the Sponsors, Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN):