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The federal government continues to fail to live up to its decades-old promise to fund 40 percent of the costs of educating students with disabilities, forcing school districts to redirect more and more money from their general education budgets to cover the federal shortfall. This deprives all students — those in general education and those in special education. Since the inception of IDEA in 1975, the unfunded federal portion has cost local schools and taxpayers more than $300 billion. See the impact on your state.

Representatives Van Hollen (D-MD), Walz (D-MN) and Platts (R-PA) and Senators Harkin (D-IA) and Roberts (R-KS) have introduced legislation (H.R. 3578/S. 1652) that would make new IDEA funding "mandatory" and fully fund IDEA in six years.

 NEA supports this proposal.

Urge your U.S. Senators and Representative to cosponsor legislation to fully fund IDEA funding and make the funding mandatory.