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Jared Huffman

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Jared Huffman

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Dear Colleague,

Please join me in asking House leadership to consider fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in any future coronavirus package.

The COVID-19 pandemic reinforces the challenges that underfunding of special education creates even in normal times, which is why now we must take swift action to fully fund special education in future COVID-19 response packages. 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. Educators are working overtime to assure their students with disabilities are still
receiving a quality and appropriate education, but the challenges to meet this goal are even greater with online learning.

Now, more than ever, it is incumbent upon the federal government to provide these resources for special needs students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jordan Sciascia at
Jordan.sciascia@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jared Huffman                                    Angie Craig                            Brian Fitzpatrick

Member of Congress                          Member of Congress              Member of Congress

 

Kurt Schrader                                     Joe Neguse                              David McKinley

Member of Congress                          Member of Congress              Member of Congress

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March XX, 2020

 

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, and Minority Leader McCarthy:

We write to thank you for your work to include special education efforts in the CARES Act. While this measure makes progress towards getting states the help they need to weather this crisis, the federal government can do more to ease burdens on state budgets.
The COVID-19 pandemic reinforces the challenges that underfunding of special education creates even in normal times, which is why now we must take swift action to fully fund special education in future COVID-19 response packages.

When IDEA became law in 1975, 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. We have always fallen short of this commitment, with regular appropriations
for IDEA Part B never reaching above 19.4 percent. But while bipartisan work has been done to increase that amount over the past two years, current levels still fall short in meeting the federal promise to students and their families.

This funding disparity is especially acute now during the COVID-19 pandemic. As schools move to remote learning, the resources promised by the federal government in IDEA are even more essential. The CARES Act is a step in the right direction, but it is necessary
that IDEA receives its own designated set aside in any future packages. 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. Educators are working overtime to assure their students with disabilities are still receiving a quality and appropriate education, but the challenges to meet this goal are even greater with online learning. Now, more than ever, it is incumbent upon
the federal government to provide these resources for special needs students.

While the House deliberates legislation that benefits our school districts and local governments, we ask that you include fully funding IDEA. Thank you for your kind consideration. We look forward to working together on crafting bold legislation to help
our fellow Americans during this time of crisis.

Sincerely,

 

Jared Huffman                                    Angie Craig                            Brian Fitzpatrick

Member of Congress                          Member of Congress              Member of Congress

 

Kurt Schrader                                     Joe Neguse                              David McKinley

Member of Congress                          Member of Congress              Member of Congress

 

 

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