But, recent budget proposals put forth by President Obama – and his predecessors – have yielded few, if any, increases for IDEA’s programs, which serve over six million children and youth with disabilities. While the economic stimulus package of 2009 doubled funding for IDEA programs, subsequent funding levels remain far below CEC’s recommendations.
Today, 139 members of the U.S. House of Representatives – led by Representatives Huffman (D-CA), Polis (D-CO), McKinley (R-WV), Harper (R-MS) – called on President Obama to reverse course and make IDEA funding a priority in his fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, which will be released next month.
In a formal letter to Obama, this bipartisan group of lawmakers urged for a “significant increase in federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” noting that, the federal government has fallen short of its nearly 40-year pledge to fully fund IDEA.
CEC has long advocated for giving educators and school districts the financial support needed to fully address the needs of children and youth with disabilities. In fact, over the last few years, thousands of CEC members have asked Congress to fulfill their commitment to fully fund IDEA. These efforts have resulted in Congress restoring much of the $600 million in special education funding that was cut by sequestration. Join our advocacy efforts today!