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Policy & Practice Series: How to Serve Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Crisis

During this unprecedented situation, two things are clear: students with disabilities still have their right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE), and educators and families must work  together to ensure students with disabilities keep learning. It isn’t easy, and there is still much to learn. But we must work together to do as much […]

Congress Passes CARES Act in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

This afternoon, the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the ‘‘CARES Act” which will make many important improvements to help our nation during the COVID-19 crisis. We expect the President to quickly sign the bill into law. Importantly, the bill:  Provides nearly $25 billion for food assistance such as SNAP […]

COVID-19: A Look at the CARES Act Education Proposal

After passing a bill earlier this week and taking preliminary steps to help our nation amidst the coronavirus crisis, Congress is hard at work on a third package. This time, it includes changes to federal education laws that have NCLD and our fellow advocates very concerned. And it falls far short of the provisions the […]

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Tell your Members of Congress: Oppose IDEA Waivers!

We need your help to protect students with disabilities and their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) during the COVID-19 outbreak!

The CARES Act directed the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide Congress (within 30 days) with a list of the waivers she is requesting under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If granted by Congress, these waivers would free states and school districts from their legal obligations, such as designing and implementing individualized education plans (IEPs), collaborating with parents, and providing equal educational access to students with disabilities.

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