Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I received this from a friend via email and am posting as is. Get moving people! Go go go!

Call to Action—Support IDEA Special Education Funding in Federal Stimulus Package

Congress is currently considering legislation that would provide a massive influx of funding for special education programs. In addition to proposed increases to Title I, School Construction, Educational Technology, and other noneducation programs, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would provide an unprecedented $13.6 billion nationally for IDEA. Of that amount, California would receive more than 10%—or $1.36 billion!

Both the House and Senate are slated to vote on the proposal in the coming days. Your voice needs to be heard! In addition to alerting superintendents and board members in your SELPA, we urge you to do two things:

Call your local legislator and ask him/her to call his/her Congressional Representative and urge support for this funding.
Call and write your local Congressional member and ask him/her to vote for this funding.

This is a ROUGH estimates on what the school districts in your SELPA would receive if the funding is approved.

Share this information with parents in your community and coordinate telephone trees to contact members of Congress to urge support of increased funding for special education.