As Congress prepares to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) later this year, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has created this web site as a venue for teachers, parents, and others to weigh in with their opinions. The committee is seeking proposals for how to improve the legislation, and it wants suggestions that focus on improving academic achievement for special-needs children, reducing the amount of paperwork required when dealing with such students, restoring trust, and eliminating litigation while improving strategies for early intervention. It also seeks ideas for increasing parental involvement, ensuring school safety, and reforming complicated financing and funding procedures. The site allows visitors to submit comments and queries freely. There is also an opportunity to participate in live webcasts and discussions on the current and future state of the IDEA legislation. An introductory letter from Rep. Michael Castle, R-Del., explains the basis for discussion and encourages interested parties to add their thoughts and comments.
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