States and school systems should get more money from the federal government to pay for new technologies and other services for students with disabilities, under the final terms of a bill to reauthorize the landmark Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that now serves some 6.7 million children.

The bill, which Congress passed Nov. 19, aims to boost discipline in class, better identify children with disabilities, get help to students earlier, and reduce lawsuits by parents. It also reaffirms the federal government's commitment to pay its share of expenses--though it doesn't lock in mandatory spending as many


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