IDEA Full Funding Act Reintroduced in the House and Senate
This week, the House and Senate reintroduced the IDEA Full Funding Act, which would put the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grants to states program on a 10-year glidepath to “full funding.”
Decades ago, Congress pledged that the federal share of IDEA funding would be 40 percent of average per-pupil expenditures, but it has yet to come close to that promise. Currently, the federal share is approximately 14 percent.
Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) have led the effort in Congress, and CEC has been a leading supporter in the field.
Upon introduction, CEC president Dennis Cavitt, Ed.D, stated, “I am grateful to Senator Van Hollen and Representative Huffman for their ongoing and tireless commitment to the education of individuals with disabilities. Fully funding IDEA would provide districts with the resources needed to ensure all children and youth with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education, unlocking the full potential of the law."
CEC is proud to join more than 90 organizations in endorsing this legislation.