An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Keep IDEA in place during COVID-19 pandemic!

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While the COVID-19 outbreak has placed a tremendous and unprecedented strain on schools and districts, it is imperative that we work together to find solutions that allow children to receive equitable access to an education and the services that support them without undoing all of their civil and educational rights. I am writing as a concerned parent to urge you to reject any provision that would provide waiver authority to the Secretary of Education regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Over 7 million children including 2 of mine rely on IDEA to receive special education supports and services. I hope you will help schools by providing states with additional funding that can be used to provide teachers and school leaders and families with the tools they need to connect to teach and support students. Schools can also be supported with funding to provide extended school year to students and other compensatory services. Please support the students with disabilities and their families that rely upon the IDEA to have equitable access to an education.

First sent on March 19, 2020 by Ann

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