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CHANGI NG T HE L ANGUAGE OF T HE I DE A

OUR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES:


PROVIDING WHAT IS BEST FOR
THEM
HISTORY
Before 1975, most children with disabilities did not have
the right to a free public education (FAPE). However, this
changed when the Education for All Handicapped
Children Act (EAHCA) was implemented in 1975. The
goal of this act was to provide,

a free appropriate public education which emphasizes
special education and related services designed to
meet their unique needs, to assure that the rights of
children with disabilities and their parents or guardians
are protected, to assist States and localities to provide
for the education of all children with disabilities, and to
assess and assure the effectiveness of efforts to educate
children with disabilities.

HISTORY
This act was renamed in 1991 and became known
as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
At this time, legislators also amended the act with
the purpose of including children beginning at age
3. However, the overall ideals of this act did not
change with its new name and amendments.

THE ROWLEY STANDARD
In 1982, Board of Education v. Rowley went before the United
States Supreme Court as one of the first cases brought under
the IDEA. The Rowley Standard arose from this case and was
provided by Justice Rehnquist when he stated that,

if personalized instruction is being provided with sufficient
supportive services to permit the child to benefit from the
instruction, and the other items on the definitional checklist
are satisfied, the child is receiving a free appropriate public
education as defined by the Act.

This standard continues to apply to children with disabilities in
public schools, today.
FAPE
"IDEA does not require your school district to
provide the very best education for your child, the
school district needs to only provide an appropriate
education."
Unfortunately, the concept of FAPE is vague and
often results in IEP conflicts. As a parent, keep in
mind that what is appropriate for one child may not
be deemed appropriate for another. The IEP team
is responsible for determining what is appropriate on
a case by case basis.
OUR CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER
http://www.11alive.com/news/article/235549/3/Dis
abled-student-sidelined-during-choir-performance

THE VEHICLE
H.R. 4136: IDEA Full Funding Act
Mr. Van Hollen (for himself, Mr. McKinley, Mr. Walz,
Mr. Gibson, Mr. Huffman, and Mr. Reichert)
introduced the following bill
Referred to the Committee on Education and the
Workforce

MY PROPOSAL
(2) Amount
With respect to each subparagraph of paragraph (1), the
amount determined under this paragraph is the product of
(A) the total number of children with disabilities in all States
who
(i) received special education and related services during the
last school year that concluded before the first day of the
fiscal year for which the determination is made; and
(ii) were aged
(I) 3 through 5 (with respect to the States that were eligible for
grants under section 619); and
(II) 6 through 21; and
(B) the average per-pupil expenditure in public elementary
schools and secondary schools in the United States.

MY PROPOSAL
(C) These funds should be appropriated to provide
the services necessary to deliver the BEST education
for children with disabilities.
MY PROPOSAL
If the language the were included in this bill, the
next step would be to propose the change in the
actual language of the IDEA.
POLICY PARAMOUR
SPONSOR: Chris Van Hollen Jr.
Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional
district
PARTY: Democrat
Mr. Van Hollen believes
in the need for funding
for special education
and has been fighting for
additional funding for
many years.


POLICY PARAMOUR
U.S. Congressman John Kline,
Minnesotas 2
nd
District
Chairman of the House Education Committee
Education advocates,
Congress, and the
Obama administration need
to put special education
funding first, Mr. Kline said in
an interview following a
roundtable in his district on
The issue.
OTHER POLICY PARAMOURS
Mr. McKinley (R-WV),
Mr. Walz (D-MN),
Mr. Gibson (R-NY),
Mr. Huffman (D-CA)
Mr. Reichert (R-WA)
Co-sponsors who introduced the IDEA Full Funding
Act (H.R. 4136), CEC-endorsed legislation.


STAKEHOLDERS
Governmental
The Obama administration
U.S. Department of Education-Arne Duncan: Secretary of
Education
OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs)
OCR (Office of Civil Rights)
Public Schools
Non-Governmental
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Parents of Children with Disabilities
Superintendents, Principals
Teachers
Center for Exceptional Children
National Public Education Support Fund

MARKETING & MESSAGING
Only the BEST for our children with disabilities!

MARKETING AND MESSAGING


Personal Stories from parents with children with
disabilities in public schools

Stories from teachers who understand how
important the best education is for children with
disabilities (special education teachers)

REFERENCES
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/04/02/27s
peced.h33.html
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr4136/t
ext
http://idea.ed.gov/
http://www.cec.sped.org/
http://www.npesf.org/
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/i
ndex.html
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.ht
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