We need your help! The rights of students with autism and other disabilities are at serious risk. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 57, a congressional resolution aimed at overturning the Department of Education’s regulation implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA’s) core requirement that schools be held accountable for the performance of all students, including students with autism. Congress has never before voted to overturn an education regulation. The Senate will vote on whether to overturn the ESSA accountability regulation soon – perhaps later this month.
When the Education Department initially issued a regulation strengthening the ESSA, clarifying what the law requires, and specifying timelines for states to develop an accountability plan, the Department sought public input and received over 21,000 comments from parents, students, educators, advocates, and others about what the regulation should say. Despite a comprehensive review process with involving key stakeholders, on February 7, the House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 57, overturning the Department’s ESSA accountability regulation. Department of Education oversight is critical to maintaining the spirit and letter of ESSA.
Please call your Senators today and urge them to vote “no” on H.J. Res. 57! Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator’s office.
Tell your Senators to vote NO on H.J. Res. 57, and to protect the rights of students with disabilities!
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Sunday, March 5, 2017
H.J. Res 57
Just got this in my inbox from Tonia Ferguson at Autism Society: