EDUCATION

ACCSES Education Policy Documents
 
Outlook

During the past several years, ACCSES has attempted to facilitate consensus among the disability community regarding education-related policy initiatives.  
 
Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - a state grant program - is permanently authorized.  The remainder of IDEA, including the early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities, is up for reauthorization.  The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was passed in 1965, authorizes federally funded education programs that are administered by the states and reauthorized in 2015 as the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA).  In 2002, Congress amended ESEA and reauthorized it as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  The Department of Education has allowed states to apply for ESEA flexibility waivers around NCLB requirements.


 
Priorities

ACCSES will advocate for IDEA reauthorization and ESSA implementation that ensures the needs of children with disabilities are met, including the use of IDEA funds to develop and implement coordinated early intervening services for students, particularly students in kindergarten through grade 3 who have not been identified as needing special education or related services but who need additional academic and behavioral support to succeed in a general education environment.

ACCSES will fight for increased federal funding for the basic state grant under IDEA as an investment in the future, despite recognition of federal fiscal pressures.  ACCSES will advocate for special education and related services in the least restrictive environment, and advocate for expanded and improved provision of transition services at younger ages and grades.

ACCSES will advocate for increased funding of early intervention services, and to retain the family-centered approach and expand the role of disability service providers in providing early intervention services.

ACCSES will support federal grant programs that focus on transitional services and employment and explore appropriations and other strategies to establish more secure financial support for transition services, including enhancing the role of disability service providers in providing transition services and supports.

ACCSES will support the enhancement of parent training and mentoring to maximize the investment in education and to help facilitate informed choice on behalf of their children and adolescents with disabilities.

ACCSES will work to preserve federal student financial aid eligibility for individuals with disabilities.




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EDUCATION

ACCSES Education Policy Documents
 
Outlook

During the past several years, ACCSES has attempted to facilitate consensus among the disability community regarding education-related policy initiatives.  
 
Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - a state grant program - is permanently authorized.  The remainder of IDEA, including the early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities, is up for reauthorization.  The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was passed in 1965, authorizes federally funded education programs that are administered by the states and reauthorized in 2015 as the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA).  In 2002, Congress amended ESEA and reauthorized it as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  The Department of Education has allowed states to apply for ESEA flexibility waivers around NCLB requirements.


 
Priorities

ACCSES will advocate for IDEA reauthorization and ESSA implementation that ensures the needs of children with disabilities are met, including the use of IDEA funds to develop and implement coordinated early intervening services for students, particularly students in kindergarten through grade 3 who have not been identified as needing special education or related services but who need additional academic and behavioral support to succeed in a general education environment.

ACCSES will fight for increased federal funding for the basic state grant under IDEA as an investment in the future, despite recognition of federal fiscal pressures.  ACCSES will advocate for special education and related services in the least restrictive environment, and advocate for expanded and improved provision of transition services at younger ages and grades.

ACCSES will advocate for increased funding of early intervention services, and to retain the family-centered approach and expand the role of disability service providers in providing early intervention services.

ACCSES will support federal grant programs that focus on transitional services and employment and explore appropriations and other strategies to establish more secure financial support for transition services, including enhancing the role of disability service providers in providing transition services and supports.

ACCSES will support the enhancement of parent training and mentoring to maximize the investment in education and to help facilitate informed choice on behalf of their children and adolescents with disabilities.

ACCSES will work to preserve federal student financial aid eligibility for individuals with disabilities.