LDA Opposes Department of Education Delay
LDA recently submitted a letter in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposal to delay implementation of guidelines for public schools for identifying, monitoring and addressing disproportionality in special education identification, placement and discipline. LDA opposes this delay.
LDA Weighs in on DACA
One in every five students has learning disabilities. The vision of LDA is to ensure all individuals with LD are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society. This vision extends to all children in our public and private schools regardless of their family background or status. To ensure all students continue to receive appropriate services, the LDA Board agreed to sign on to the following letter with a broad array of national education organizations.
LDA Comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
LDA has responded to the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed regulations on significant disproportionality. The Department proposed a complicated uniform mathematical calculation and expanded use of “early intervening” funds for pre-K and students with disabilities. After much consideration, LDA opposed the adoption of a uniform methodology, noting that any “formula” for calculating significant disproportionality of racial and ethnic groups in special education must be flexible and account for the broader variables that may contribute to the overrepresentation.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
The ESEA was originally signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. The Act has been reauthorized several times, and the latest revision is known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA (Public Law 114-95) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015.
New Legislation Emphasizes the Importance of Early Learning
LDA signed on as an initial supporter for the recent introduction of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act, sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and eleven Senate co-sponsors. Similar legislation also was introduced in the House by Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). These bills would expand access to high-quality preschool for four-year olds from low- and moderate-income families and high-quality infant and toddler care.
On October 29, nine LDA leaders from around the country joined more than 200 parents, children, nurses, doctors and educators at a press conference and rally for safer chemicals on Capitol Hill. The Safer Chemicals Healthy Families (SCHF) campaign organized the “Stroller Brigade” to urge Congress to pass a strong law to protect the public from toxic chemicals. Media coverage of the event included CBS News, Fox News and the Washington Post.
NDD United, an alliance of 3,200 national, state and local organizations – including LDA – has just released the most comprehensive report to date on the impact of federal budget cuts on the American people. Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer and Less Secure highlights the profound effects of sequestration – indiscriminate across-the-board cuts to discretionary federal funding – on health, education, job training, the environment and all sectors that affect people’s daily lives.
LDA Public Policy Committee Platform for the Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) March 28, 2012
The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was officially scheduled for 2009, but most likely will not occur until 2013. Despite delays in scheduling, national organizations are reviewing current law and possible changes which appear to be on the horizon.