The Trump Administration’s Secretary of Education nominee testifies that compliance with IDEA, a federal mandate that protects students with disabilities, is best left to the states. She seemed confused to know there were federal protections for children with disabilities. Link to Disability Scoop Article.
Marla’s note: This is very scary to families who were not receiving appropriate educational services for their children before IDEA’s federal protections came into existence. Families and students with disabilities still have barriers they fight against every day. We do not need to go backward. And we do not need each state spending time and taxpayer money reworking IDEA in their state. IDEA is working for all Americans in all states.