Important laws are changing for our kids
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|Sat, 09-06-2003 - 2:20pm|
In September, the Senate is likely to consider bills to water down the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The House of Representatives already passed a bill gutting the IDEA. Now, it’s the Senate’s turn to consider its bill, S. 1248. The current Senate bill, S. 1248, protects kids better than the House bill, but still waters down the rights of disabled children. Amendments to water it down even more are expected in September. The Senate Republican Policy Committee has urged Senators to replace the Senate bill with the much worse House bill (H.R. 1350). The American Academy of Pediatrics, Children's Defense Fund, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, and others believe the House bill will hurt disabled kids.
Learn about the issues and contact your Senators now (go to http://www.senate.gov or call your Senators, 202-224-3121). School districts have been lobbying hard--with paid lobbyists--and parents are not being heard. Let your Senators hear you. Send an email or fax today and send this information to others.
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