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Senator Calls for Full Funding of IDEA

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May 23, 2016- "Senator Calls for Full Funding of IDEA"- U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is calling for the federal government to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). When Congress originally passed IDEA in 1975 mandating special education services in the nation’s public schools, lawmakers committed to footing 40 percent of the bill, leaving states and local officials to pick up the rest. However, this never materialized. In the fiscal year 2016, the federal government plans to cover just 16 percent of the cost of special education for kids ages 3 to 21, a figured that’s $17.85 billion shy of the original commitment. This isn’t the first time that a lawmaker has called for the increased funding for IDEA. Multiple bills have been introduced in Congress over the years, but they’ve been unsuccessful in garnering much traction.