One of Rep. George Miller’s first official actions as a member of Congress was to champion the Education of All Handicapped Children Act, what we now call the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
That was nearly 40 years ago.
Now, after serving 20 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, George Miller (D-CA) is retiring. As the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, Miller’s long career has been marked by a strong dedication to quality education for all children, particularly children and youth with disabilities.
In fact, nearly every legislative accomplishment benefiting children and youth with disabilities over the last four decades has been with the support of Rep. Miller. His leadership and unwavering belief that students with disabilities are first and foremost general education students has resulted in numerous policies that have shaped schools across the nation. Rep. Miller has been instrumental in ensuring students with disabilities are included in accountability systems, have access to necessary special education services and supports, have well prepared special education teachers, and have expanded early learning opportunities.
CEC commends Congressman George Miller for a lifetime of accomplishments that have impacted millions of children and youth with disabilities, their families and the educators who work on their behalf. We will continue our collaborative work with Congressman Miller until his retirement.
CEC wishes Congressman George Miller every success on his next journey.