Monday, September 19, 2011

Special Ed Advocates Hope American Jobs Act Will Preserve Critical Resources

Special education advocates are pushing for the passage of the American Jobs Act that President Obama recently announced. If passed, $30 billion will be dedicated to educators throughout the U.S. and help maintain education for students with disabilities. $30 billion will save an estimated 280,000 jobs and help state and local efforts to retain, hire, and rehire staff.
With the current economic downturn, schools have been forced to do layoffs and resort to large class sizes. A national survey by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) recently showed that special education administrators felt a strain on services provided to students with disabilities. Tighter budgets, less resources, and more students make it hard for administrators and teachers to meet all the priorities of students with disabilities.

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