Support Funding for Students with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement today encouraging the Obama administration and House Appropriations Committee leadership to support students with disabilities by making federal funding for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) a top priority.

“School districts across the country are suffering as they work to provide students with special needs essential support and services. We owe it to these children to ensure they receive the attention they deserve. Parents and teachers alike are not seeking new grants or funding – but they desperately need support for our country’s most vulnerable students. I will continue to advocate for all children with disabilities, and urge the Obama administration and the House Appropriations Committee to make them a priority.”

Alongside House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX), and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN), Rep. McMorris Rodgers submitted a formal request for a $1.5 billion increase in IDEA Part B funding in the Fiscal Year 2015 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, bringing the total funding to $13 billion.

In the letter, the members state:

As our nation struggles with debt levels that have eclipsed the size of the entire U.S. economy, difficult  choices must be made. We must stop wasting taxpayer dollars on new and ineffective programs and instead  work toward meeting our basic obligation to ensure special needs children are prepared for success after  high school. We urge you to renew Congress’s commitment to these students, their families, and their  educators.

To view the entire letter, please click here. To view a chart illustrating how the requested increase in funding would help school districts, click here.