Urgent Action Needed for Increased Funding for IDEA
As you know, CEC has been a leading voice in the push for fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)—and CEC members play a large and impactful role in that effort.
Our hard work could finally be paying off- we now find ourselves on the brink of a historic increase for IDEA programs. The White House, House, and Senate have all proposed funding levels that would significantly boost IDEA programs including Part C, Part B grants for infants and toddlers, and Part D personnel development. What’s more, it would put IDEA Part B grants to states on the first rung of a glidepath to full funding.
However, the bill still has a final hurdle to clear before it is signed into law; thus, our work is not quite over yet.
This is an opportunity of a lifetime for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and our workforce. Thus, I am calling on you once again to add your voice to the chorus of advocates and stakeholders in support of increased funding for IDEA.
It only takes a minute and a couple of clicks and the impact is significant. You do not need to be a CEC member to participate in our advocacy efforts, so please share this widely.
Thank you for all that you do to amplify this important message. To participate in our new action alert, please go here.
Dennis Cavitt, Ed.D.
President, Council for Exceptional Children