Keeping our PACT

Title I of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) were enacted to give our students the provisions they need for a fair education. In 1965, schools with a high percentage of low-income families have been promised funding under the ESEA. Ten years later, the IDEA ensured that all students with disabilities had access to a Free Appropriate Public Education, and called on the federal government to fund 40% of the cost of special education. Unfortunately, schools have been notoriously underfunded since that time. 


In 2018, federal funding for special education was placed at the forefront of financial priorities with the Keep Our Promise to American’s Children and Teachers (PACT) Act. This PACT puts Congress on a 10-year mandatory trajectory to keep their obligation to fully fund Title I and IDEA. 


Educators and parents are now seeing an even greater need in special education than before in light of the pandemic. Getting children the education they need while schools are shut is an additional challenge, and many are falling behind due to lack of accommodations. President and CEO of the National Center for Learning Disabilities says, “Our nation’s schools are facing a crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the existing inequities are only worsening, particularly for students with disabilities, students from low-income backgrounds, and students of color.” 


Many parents are seeking the advice of attorneys at this time to get their child the help they are entitled to. At-home learning doesn’t mean inferior learning. Students who had aides in schools now may need them as in-home supports. Reassessments may be necessary, as learning goals may have changed since distance learning began. Students are entitled to these accommodations free of charge, although schools may not be equipped to provide them. No matter the dilemma, parents can easily feel drowned in a sea of red tape, not knowing where to turn. IEPready partners with advocates and attorneys by providing comprehensive IEEs to families in need. Families need to know their options in times of crisis. IEPready is here to help. 

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