Later this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will seek permission from Congress to waivers of states’ and districts’ obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. This would be a direct attack on the civil rights of students with disabilities.
The undersigned members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Education Task Force and allies submit this letter in response to the directive that the Secretary of Education submit, within 30 days of enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act a report to Congress with recommendations on any additional waivers the Secretary deems necessary under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) and other education laws. The undersigned organizations are unwavering in our pursuit of educational equity and stand unified in the strong conviction that NO ADDITIONAL waivers are necessary under either the IDEA or the Rehabilitation Act.
4/11/2020 04:24:47 pm
As a special education teacher it is extremely important during this time to realize that students with all levels of disabilities deserve the same educational rights as their non handicapped peers. Please keep in tact their constitutional rights to an education!
4/13/2020 04:23:15 am
Our kids who are protected by IDEA need more protections and special considerations during this time, not less. Thank you for sending this letter.
4/17/2020 06:24:06 am
Every child should have equal access to an education. This is not the time to roll back all the gains we have fought for over the decades. It is very disappointing that this even being considered. More disappointing that OSEP is not taking a more proactive step to fight this. Time for a change in both Departments.
4/29/2020 12:26:37 pm
Laws can not be ignored because it is not convenient. The D.O.E. is not above the law. Our students have rights under IDEA that can not be negated because Devos doesn't have the capability nor understanding of how to implement an IEP.
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