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Capitol Correspondence - 07.03.17

House Introduces IDEA Full Funding Act

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On June 15, Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), David McKinley (R-WV), Timothy Walz (D-MN), David Reichert (R-WA), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and John Katko (R-NY) introduced the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Full Funding Act (H.R. 2902). The Bill would increasing spending over the next ten years, bringing the federal share of funding for special education up to forty percent, in line with the amount committed in 1975 when the law was originally enacted. This would be a significant increase from the current federal share which is under sixteen percent. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.