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Democrats and Republicans Seek Ideas on IDEA. (in Washington)

Magazine article Techniques

Democrats and Republicans Seek Ideas on IDEA. (in Washington)

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With reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) scheduled for 2003, both Republicans and Democrats in Washington are seeking ideas and input from the public on how to strengthen and improve the federal special education law.

On June 6, House Education Reform Subcommittee Chairman Michael Castle (R-Del.), along with Reps. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), unveiled a new Web site where parents, teachers and students can offer recommendations on strengthening and improving IDEA. A link to the Web site is at http://edworkforce.house.gov.

"I am excited to hear directly from those who work in special education or have children with special needs," says Castle. "Making education reform work requires a partnership between parents, teachers, principals and elected leaders. This Web site will provide a forum for educators and parents to provide input on how we can strengthen this very important law."

Democrats have set up a Web site of their own. They are asking for comments and ideas about IDEA at http://edworkforce.house.gov/democrats/ideaform.html.

California Congressman George Miller is the Senior Democratic Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in a letter posted on the Committee Democrats' site, he expresses hope that the reauthorization of IDEA will be characterized by the same cooperation that led to the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act. …

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