What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : General Education Funding : H.R. 1350. Special Education Reauthorization/Passage of a Bill Which Fails to Fully-Fund the Individuals With Disabilities in Education Act. (2003 house Roll Call 154)
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H.R. 1350. Special Education Reauthorization/Passage of a Bill Which Fails to Fully-Fund the Individuals With Disabilities in Education Act.
house Roll Call 154     Apr 30, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA)-which requires congressional reauthorization every five yearswas passed by Congress in 1975 to provide federal assistance to states for special-education programs. The original legislation specified that forty percent of states' costs in providing special education to disabled students would be paid for by the federal government. The current IDEA reauthorization, however, fails to provide the necessary $20.2 billion needed to fulfill the federal government's obligation to the states (it includes only $8.5 billion). Progressives opposed the IDEA reauthorization because it does not fully-fund IDEA at the level specified in 1975, a funding level which they believe to be necessary to insure that disabled students receive a quality education. Additionally, the IDEA reauthorization removes parental involvement in actions relating to the evaluation and education of their child and allows disabled children to be punished for behavior resulting from their disability; progressives also opposed these provisions in the IDEA reauthorization legislation. The reauthorization was adopted by the House on a 251-171 vote.

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