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CEC Urges Congress to Boost Funding for IDEA

Advocate at 2019 SELS rally holding up "fully fund IDEA" sign

This week, CEC President Dr. Jennifer Lesh penned a letter to lead education appropriators urging them to provide a meaningful increase to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Fiscal Year 2021.

“IDEA has been chronically underfunded since its enactment, significantly hampering our field and contributing to the special educator shortage crisis,” wrote Dr. Lesh. “We are now five weeks into FY 2021 and roughly nine months into a pandemic that is rapidly getting worse again. The pressure on our education system is both unprecedented and overwhelming. Congress has the power to help and I urge you to do so immediately.”

House and Senate Appropriators are currently negotiating a final spending deal and aiming to come to an agreement before the current spending extension expires on December 11.

View Dr Lesh's letter


Action Alert

Please join Dr. Lesh by writing your own letter to lawmakers urging them to make meaningful investments in the programs that support infants, toddlers, children, and youth with exceptionalities.

We have made it easy for you: click here to go to CEC’s new Legislative Action Center, where you can use our template to join your colleagues to urge lawmakers to invest their federal dollars wisely.

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Posted:  20 November, 2020
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