Reps. Angie Craig, Pete Stauber Continue Their Push for Special Education Funding
Today, U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (MN-02) and Pete Stauber (MN-08) continued their bipartisan effort to fully fund special education by sending a letter to the House Education and Labor Committee leadership, calling for swift consideration of the IDEA Full Funding Act, which would require the federal government fulfill its promise to Minnesota schools and fully fund special education.
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the federal government is obligated to fund special education programs up to 40% per pupil. Right now, many Minnesota schools receive as little as 8% of those funds. As parents of children with special needs, Reps. Craig and Stauber have experienced firsthand how important it is to ensure students have the resources they need to succeed.
“In our home state of Minnesota, local school districts are bearing the burden of the federal government’s failure to fund special education. The lack of adequate pay for our teachers, neglected upgrades to school infrastructure, and continued levies can be traced back to Congress’ inability to uphold the promise of fully funding IDEA,” said Reps. Craig and Stauber in the letter.
In Congress, Reps. Craig and Stauber are working together as champions for the bipartisan IDEA Full Funding Act and recently cosponsored an amendment to an Appropriations bill highlighting the need to fully fund special education under IDEA. The full text of the letter can be found here.