URGENT--Please read about Spec Ed! (m)

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URGENT--Please read about Spec Ed! (m)
Tue, 04-29-2003 - 2:03am
Here's a portion of an email I received yesterday about an important House bill that will be voted on tomorrow:

Alert! IDEA Threatened - Kids Need Our Help on April 29!

On April 10, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce voted to send H.R. 1350, "Improving Education Results for Children with Disabilities Act" to the House floor. The House is expected to vote on the bill within the next two weeks.

The bill weakens IDEA in significant ways that will harm children with disabilities. The bill introduces "optional" 3-year IEPs; eliminates IEP objectives and benchmarks; weakens procedural safeguards and protections for parents and kids; allows schools to suspend or expel kids who have behavior problems related to their disabilities for violating school "codes of conduct".

Please download and distribute this Alert: http://www.wrightslaw.com/nltr/03/al.0421.htm

Call to Action - April 29, 2002

Kids rely on parents, family members, teachers, and child advocates to speak up on their behalf.

On Tuesday, April 29, 2003, parents of kids with disabilities and child advocates need to to take action. On Tuesday, April 29, contact your Representative and explain that you oppose changes to the IDEA that are included in H.R. 1350. Your message is simple:

"Vote NO on H.R. 1350. It's a bad IDEA. It will hurt our children."

Ask your friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers to contact members of the House on Tuesday, April 29 with the same message:

"Vote NO on H.R. 1350. It's a bad IDEA. It will hurt children with disabilities."

Here are some of the problems in H.R. 1350:

* Introduces "optional" 3-year IEPs

* Removes short-term objectives & benchmarks from IEPs

* Introduces "optional" voluntary arbitration

* Requires parents to give "specific notice" of due process complaints

* Allows governors to set attorneys fees

* Does not require full (40%) federal funding of IDEA

* Destroys discipline protections and provisions (functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention plans, manifestation determinations)

***PLEASE, everyone, tomorrow--EMAIL, CALL OR FAX your Congressperson and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 1350****

Please pass this on to anyone you know with children--it affects us all!