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Fulfill the Promise of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Special education addresses our most vulnerable students’ unique needs.
A teacher speaks to students, including a young girl in a wheelchair

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Urge your senators and representative to support the IDEA Full Funding Act (S. 2217/H.R. 4519) to give all students can get the support and attention they deserve.

When the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was enacted, Congress committed to fund 40 percent of the average per pupil cost for special education. A half-century later, students who depend on IDEA are still waiting for that promise to be kept. 

Public schools provide special education services to more than 7 million students with disabilities—about 14 percent of all public school students. But our schools constantly struggle to fund special education because they don’t receive the promised federal support. 

The IDEA Full Funding Act (S. 2217/H.R. 4519) will help to ensure that all students receive an education that sparks their curiosity and desire to learn.