Democrats Ask for $12 Billion for Special Education in Next Coronavirus Bill
May 13
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Democrats Ask for $12 Billion for Special Education in Next Coronavirus Bill

On May 13, EdSource wrote about Senate Democrats’ request for the inclusion of $12 billion in IDEA funding in the next coronavirus stimulus bill, and Senior Policy Director Wendy Tucker weighed in.

Fearing that special education students will fall substantially behind their peers as a result of prolonged school closures and distance learning, a group of Democratic U.S. Senators is asking for almost $12 billion in the next federal coronavirus aid bill to be earmarked for those students.

The request, backed by California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, would pay for tutors, aides, assessments, technology and other measures to help students in special education, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by school closures because of the difficulty of providing needed therapies online.

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