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HEROES Act Reinforces Rights of Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, May 12, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the release of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act) by House Democrats that proposes additional funding for states to respond to the national pandemic, Denise Marshall, CEO of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) issued the following statement:


"Today, the House Democrats have taken steps to demonstrate that students with disabilities and their families matter and that states and districts need more funding for education. While we are still reviewing the bill, the intent is clear – Congress must make a significant investment in education to protect and support children and their families so that learning can continue for all. There is a funding allocation of well over $100 billion in the current version for preschool through higher education and provisions designed to protect the educational rights and opportunities provided to students with disabilities; however, we do urge Congress to designate specific dollars for students with disabilities as the bill is negotiated rather than simply listing as an allowable use. Importantly, we are pleased to see that the bill reinforces the availability of funds for mental health supports, trauma informed care and other evidence-based approaches which we have repeatedly called for and are certain can greatly benefit students with disabilities. Together, all are promising provisions that must be supported. As the bill proceeds, we will continue to work with Congress and the Administration to ensure students with disabilities and their families have access to educational opportunities through the pandemic and beyond.”


View the HEROES Act.


View COPAA resources specific to the COVID-19 crisis

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