Sending Office: Honorable Norma J. Torres
Request for Signature(s)
***This is a programmatic request. Submission instructions will be provided.***
I ask for your support in funding Special Education programs under the Department of Education at a funding level no less than $14.65 billion, to remain consistent with 2018 Budget Agreement increases for non-defense discretionary spending.
This funding level will help support all programs under the Special Education title, including Parts B (section 611 and 619), C, & D under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) state grant programs and the Special Olympic education programs.
Our request is that the Committee maintains the FY18 enacted ratios within the special education title, increasing all of the programs by the same percentage to reach the total $14.65 billion funding level.
Special education funds are distributed to support state and local education services that service more than 6.8 million children with disabilities. These funds help offset educational costs to K-12 education, preschool, and pre-kindergarten programs and
early intervention services. Every child growing up with disabilities should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
If you would like to sign on to our appropriations request, please fill out this form. If you have any additional questions please
contact Edgar Rodríguez of my staff at Edgar.Rodriguez@mail.house.gov. Deadline to sign on is COB March 13, 2018.
Norma J. Torres
Member of Congress
March __, 2018
The Honorable Tom Cole The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Chairman Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human
Services, Education and Related Agencies Services, Education and Related Agencies
House Committee on Appropriations House Committee on Appropriations
Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro,
As you consider requests related to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we respectfully ask that the Subcommittee continue to fund Special Education programs at a topline funding
level no less than $14.65 billion. Specifically, we request that funding remain consistent with 2018 Budget Agreement increases for non-defense discretionary spending.
The funding level requested will support the following three special education programs: (1) Grants to states (IDEA B-611), Preschool grants (IDEA B-619), and Gants for infants and families (IDEA C); (2) National activities (IDEA D), which encompasses State
personnel development (subpart 1), Technical assistance and dissemination (section 663), Personnel preparation (section 662), Parent information centers (sections 671-673), Educational technology, media, and materials (section 674); and (3) Special Olympics
Our request is that the Committee maintain the FY18 enacted ratios within the Special Education title, increasing all of the aforementioned programs by the same percentage to reach the total $14.65 billion funding level.
Today, there are more than 6.8 million youth with disabilities that benefit from the special education services provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These funds help offset educational costs to K-12 education, preschool,
and pre-kindergarten programs and early intervention services. Support services provide the necessary tools and personnel that ensure that children with disabilities are given an equal opportunity to succeed early on in their education and further down in
life. Relatedly, supporting funding for Special Olympics programming further strengthens the notion that people with intellectual disabilities are full participants of our society who have equal access to sport, health, and education.
We appreciate your attention to this request and we will continue to work with your committee on ways to improve equal access to education for everyone across the nation regardless disability status.
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