ERIC Number: ED471030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul-5
Reference Count: N/A
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Reauthorization: Where Do We Really Stand?
National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
This report of the National Council on Disability (NCD) presents a compilation of statements given at public hearings on issues identified as critical to the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These four issues are: (1) eligibility and over-representation of racial and ethnic minorities; (2) funding of IDEA; (3) monitoring and enforcement; and (4) discipline. Comments are organized around 21 questions and include input from students, parents, advocates, school administrators, teachers, university personnel, and others. Review of the comments indicates general support for IDEA, but divergent opinions on many issues. Nine NCD recommendations for reauthorization of IDEA include the following: regarding enforcement, the Department of Education should review state regulations and provide technical assistance to insure compliance without unnecessary paperwork; regarding funding, Congress should adopt mandatory funding in keeping with the original commitment from the federal government to fund 40 percent of the per pupil costs of special education; regarding discipline, current discipline requirements should be examined and simplified where possible; and regarding over-representation of minority groups in special education, provision of early intervention and prevention services should be funded through Title I in the early years. Attached are a list of commenters and the mission statement of the NCD. (DB)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Disability Identification, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Minority Groups
National Council on Disability, 1331 F St., NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20004-1107. Tel: 202-272-2004; TTY: 202-272-2074; Fax: 202-272-2022; Web site: http://www.ncd.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act