Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

New Legislation Would Provide Full Funding for No Child Left Behind Act, IDEA

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

New Legislation Would Provide Full Funding for No Child Left Behind Act, IDEA

Article excerpt

In an effort to require full funding of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Law and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has introduced the Keep Our Promises to America's Children and Teachers (PACT) Act.

Congressman Van Hollen was joined by all Democratic members of the House Education and Workforce Committee in introducing this bill that would ensure every child in America will have access to a first rate education.

President Bush signed NCLB into law in 2002, but Congress has yet to provide full funding for the law. Labor/Health and Human Services/Education appropriations bills recently passed by House and Senate committees fall short of funding by over $8 billion.

The National League of Cities supports full funding for both NCLB and IDEA. Both laws place several mandates on local communities. Without sufficient funding, local governments will end up financing the program designed to meet the academic goals set by NCLB and IDEA.

"As lawmakers, it is our duty to represent the priorities of the American people," said Van Hollen. "Americans care about educating our children, not giving another huge tax cut to those who need help the least. We have the responsibility to make sure every child is well-educated and that students, teachers and schools have the resources they need to succeed."

Had the federal government lived up to its goal of funding 40 percent of IDEA, students across the country would benefit from $19. …

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