Sending Office: Honorable Jared Huffman
Sent By:
Courtney.Callejas@mail.house.gov

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Deadline: TODAY, March 13, 2018

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Watson Coleman, Welch, Yarmuth, Young

 

Dear Colleague,

We are writing to invite you to sign a letter to the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee supporting funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations.

When Congress passed IDEA in 1975, the federal government committed to paying 40 percent of the average per pupil expenditure (APPE) for each student receiving special education services. However, we have always fallen short of this commitment, with regular
appropriations for IDEA Part B never reaching above 18.5 percent. Fiscal year 2017 funding was just 15.7 percent, which clearly does not meet the federal promise to students with special needs and their families.

Currently, there are over 6.8 million children eligible for special education services under the disability categories of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The comprehensive assessment and support services authorized by IDEA help to
close the academic achievement gap and ensure a meaningful education for every student. We owe it to all students to provide a quality education that will help them become independent and productive citizens.

Please join us in asking the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to support significant funding for IDEA in FY19 to put us on the path to full federal funding within ten years.

We hope you will join us in supporting this critical effort by signing onto the attached letter. If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Callejas in Rep. Huffman’s office at
Courtney.callejas@mail.house.gov or Christopher Buki in Rep. McKinley’s office at
Christopher.buki@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

 

Jared Huffman                        Robert C. “Bobby” Scott                    David B. McKinley, P.E.

Member of Congress              Ranking Member                                Member of Congress

                                                Committee on Education

            and the Workforce

 

Tim Walz                                Dave Reichert                                     Eliot L. Engel

Member of Congress              Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

 

John Katko

Member of Congress

 

 

 

The Honorable Tom Cole                                           The Honorable Rosa DeLauro

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Labor-HHS-Education and Related                           Labor-HHS-Education and Related

Agencies Subcommittee on Appropriations               Agencies Subcommittee on Appropriations

U.S. House of Representatives                                   U.S. House of Representatives

 

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro:

As you begin work on the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill, we urge you to support funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to put us on the path to full federal funding within
ten years.

In 1975, the original version of IDEA was enacted to ensure that all students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education. IDEA provides individual-specific programs, resources, and services for students with a wide range of disabilities,
including hearing impairment, autism, language impairment, and learning disabilities. Currently, there are over 6.8 million children eligible for special education services under the disability categories of the IDEA. The comprehensive assessment and support
services authorized by IDEA help to close the academic achievement gap and help prepare these students for further education, employment, and independent living.

When IDEA passed, the federal government made a pledge to states and school districts to pay 40 percent of the Average Per Pupil Expenditure in IDEA Part B grants to states. In 2004, the reauthorization of IDEA reiterated this pledge, creating a “glide path”
to reach the 40 percent commitment by 2011.

However, we have always fallen short of this commitment, with regular appropriations for IDEA Part B never reaching above 18.5 percent. While we appreciate the Committee’s past work to provide needed resources, fiscal year 2017 funding was just 15.7 percent,
which still falls short in meeting the federal promise to students with special needs and their families. This continued shortfall exacerbates the long-running challenges facing states and local school districts, which are faced with limited resources and
growing student populations. Significant funding in fiscal year 2019 for IDEA would help relieve budget pressures and provide much needed support for our teachers and school administrators who are working tirelessly to better the lives of all students in our
communities through equal access to quality education.

We urge you to honor our commitment to students with disabilities and support significant funding in fiscal year 2019 for IDEA to put us on the path to full federal funding within ten years. Thank you for your consideration of our request.

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