Yes, the federal election is over a year away, but now is the time to let our representatives know that special education is important to children, parents, teachers (one of the largest occupational groups), and voters!
Todd Rutherford is asking the right questions, watch his video below:
When the Education for all Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142) was first passed in 1974, congress did indeed pledge to fully fund the cost of these federally mandated services. Even though “full funding” was definded as 40% of the required costs, after 33 years we have yet to reach a funding level of 20%. This is pathetic and we need to tell people about it.
One way we can speak up and be heard is through professional organizations like the Council For Exceptional Children (CEC). This international organization not only advocates for our students, but it is also a voice for special educators. If you are not yet a member, I highly encourage you to join and become an active member. Not only will you receive high quality publications with timely information about issue and practices that are effective, but you will also be showing support for your profession. We are professionals, but we won’t be treated as such until we act like it (my opinion.)
So get out and vote or protest or advocate. Just do so with our profession and your student’s best interests in mind.