We support programs and legislation that accomplish the below-listed endeavors.
Budget and Appropriations:
NASDSE supports fully funding IDEA, which is congruent with Congress’ intent to authorize the federal government to appropriate 40 percent of the excess costs of educating children with disabilities. Additionally, we advocate for increased investment in school infrastructure, both physical and systemic, and in funding across the education pre-K through the post-secondary continuum to include educational supports and wraparound services.
Shortages and Personnel Preparation:
NASDSE addresses teacher shortages and personnel preparation through the promotion of initiatives and legislation which elevates the teaching profession, supports the preparation and ongoing training for all teachers to educate all students, bolsters the recruitment and retention of educators and school instructional support personnel (SISP), and increases the capacity of and future pipeline for educators and SISPs.
IDEA Legal Protections:
NASDSE supports upholding the rights and protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for students with disabilities, which include the right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). NASDSE believes the federal role is to assist in ensuring equitable access to educational opportunities and to supplement and support local efforts, and protect students from discrimination.
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