Do you care for or love a child with special needs? If so, you should know that the Republican party has proposed cutting classroom funding for children with exceptional learning needs, such as autism, visual/hearing/speech impairments, and emotional/mental/physical handicaps.
Whether it be public school or private, children with exceptional needs have always received funds from the federal government. The current administration has proposed dismissing the needs of these children by eliminating funding for:
- The Javits Act, which supports vulnerable and low income gifted students.
- The IDEA act (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
Tucked away in the $2 trillion coronavirus stabilization bill for education is a provision that allows Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to seek congressional approval to waive parts of the federal special education law while schools combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Special education advocates fear these waivers could mark the beginning of the end of student disability rights.
On the other hand, Joe Biden’s plan is for a large increase in funding for public education, roughly tripling current levels of funding, would be phased in over a decade including full federal funding of special education.
Congress ultimately decides on school funding, but Biden’s platform is still worth celebrating. Special education rarely garners attention from presidential candidates, and Biden’s support for full funding is reason for hope.
What Can You Do?
- Register to vote if you have not done so.
- Request a mail-in ballot (consider it an insurance policy; you can still choose to vote in person)
- Vote for Joe Biden November 3rd, and remind your friends and family to vote too.
Joe Biden’s Plan to Lead America
Learn more about Biden’s policies for special needs children and adults: