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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Modest Increase for IDEA

Christina Samuels reports at Education Week:
Special education would see modest increases across the board in the budget proposal released Monday by the White House, but the money would still not approach the "full funding" that has been supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers and by U.S. Rep. John Kline, a Republican from Minnesota and the chairman of the House education committee.

Funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in the U.S. Department of Education is split into several categories. The largest by far is IDEA Part B, which provides federal funding for students ages 3 to 21. The proposed increase for that program for fiscal 2016 is $175 million, taking the program from about $11.6 billion to approximately $11.7 billion.

Another portion of IDEA funding is Part C, which pays for early-intervention services for infants and toddlers up to age 2. I've written before about how Part C has not gotten the same level of funding attention as other early-childhood initiatives, but it does get a small bump in the proposal, from $439 million to $504 million.