CEC Submits Appropriations Requests to Congress
This week, CEC President Dennis Cavitt, Ed.D., penned a letter to Congress seeking meaningful increases to the programs that support infants, toddlers, children, and youth with exceptionalities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022.
Cavitt wrote, “to fully recover from the pandemic in a sustainable manner, schools and districts will need the meaningful and significant investments promised to them to fully support infants, toddlers, children, and youth with exceptionalities, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted over the last year.” He added, “schools and districts will especially need sustained investments in the educator pipeline to reverse the special educator shortage crisis, which has been amplified by COVID-19.”
The letter specifically requests:
- No less than $15.5 billion for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Sec. 611 (grants to states)
- $598 million for IDEA Part B Section 619 (preschool grants)
- $732 million for IDEA Part C (infants and toddlers)
- $300 million for IDEA Part D Sec. 662 (personnel preparation)
- $70 million for the National Center for Special Education Research
- $32 million for the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Grants program
Each request represents a significant increase from the regularly appropriated amount for FY 2021, and these increases will provide significant support to recover from the pandemic
Please join CEC in advocating for increases to the programs that support infants, toddlers, children, and youth with exceptionalities in FY 2022. CEC encourages you to share this alert with your colleagues and on social media. You do not need to be a CEC member to join us in action. All it takes is one click here to urge your Congressional delegation to support this effort!