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Our Children's Rights at Risk: Take Action Now

Thursday, March 19, 2020   (6 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall

Right now, in the Hall's of Congress, our children's rights are at grave risk. Raise your voices in oppostion and share with everyone 
you know to do the same!

red words action alert with phone

 
UPDATE: Our information came from a very trusted, senior Senate staffer and we stand by that this proposal was floated. We are heartened to hear that its been pulled back. This may be temporary repreive, we dont know but we are not willing to take that chance. Our stance is that now is the time to embrace IDEAs required partnership to innovate, individualize, and if needed advocate for more resources to meet needs of all learners. It is not the time to abandon our kids or for districts to abdicate responsibility. We continue to ask people to raise their voice to be sure elected officials know we will protect rights.

IDEA Rights May Be Waived by Congress as Part of COVID-19 Pending Stimulus Package  

As part of Congress’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has proposed to include a provision in the pending stimulus bill that would give the Secretary of Education authority to approve state waiver requests for any statutory and/or regulatory requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for 1 year and extensions may also apply. This jeopardizes all children’s rights to Child Find, a free appropriate public education (FAPE), Individualized Education Program (IEP), all procedural safeguards, re-evaluations, related services and accommodations and more.

We cannot allow this to pass. 

Take Action NOW!:

·       Send your Senator an email today! (phone calls may not be answered due to office closures)

·       Find Your Senators here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


You can also call your representative directly on U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

DRAFT Email


DATE

 

Dear Senator/Representative:

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/teacher/child advocate) 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 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.

 

Sincerely,

Comments...

Kim Chen says...
Posted Saturday, March 21, 2020
NDRN automated email to reps and senators. https://ndrn.salsalabs.org/protectidea/index.html. I got it from my state P&A. The website's certification checks out and it does not ask for detailed personal information like SS#, etc. Looks legit.
Denise Marshall, COPAA says...
Posted Thursday, March 19, 2020
Our information came from a very trusted, senior Senate staffer and we stand by that this proposal was floated. We are heartened to hear that its been pulled back. This may be temporary repreive, we dont know but we are not willing to take that chance. Our stance is that now is the time to embrace IDEAs required partnership to innovate, individualize, and if needed advocate for more resources to meet needs of all learners. It is not the time to abandon our kids or for districts to abdicate responsibility. We continue to ask people to raise their voice to be sure elected officials know we will protect rights.
Annemarie Bennick says...
Posted Thursday, March 19, 2020
from what I read on Matt Cohen's facebook page: It because it was not formally introduced but only proposed in discussion by Senator Alexander.
Maren Christenson says...
Posted Thursday, March 19, 2020
Could you please provide a source for this? Our national Autism Society and Arc cohorts are saying this is misinformation. Thank you.
Raven Woods says...
Posted Thursday, March 19, 2020
This is crazy!! How could they do this!
Tierney Barcarse says...
Posted Thursday, March 19, 2020
Thank you for posting this, I appreciate it. Before I blank forward this, is there a way I can fact check this? I cannot find any information about it anywhere else and I am unsure of what search terms I would use. Thank you again

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