Fully fund programs for low-income students and students with disabilities

The Keep Our Pact Act (S. 72/H.R. 764) would create a mandatory 10-year path to fully funding both Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)—critical programs for the students most in need. Title I programs for low-income students and schools were shortchanged by nearly $30 billion in the 2019-20 school year. Congress promised to pay 40 percent of the excess costs of special education services when IDEA was first passed, but has never come close—the federal share is now less than 14 percent.

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the unfortunate consequences of these funding gaps, draining resources from cash-strapped schools and reducing access to support programs. Students from low-income households ill-equipped for remote learning have been hit especially hard, as have students with disabilities who need extra support. Now is the time to fulfill America’s promise of equal opportunity for all our students.

Email your members of Congress and tell them to cosponsor and support the Keep Our PACT Act.

5 responses to “Fully fund programs for low-income students and students with disabilities

  1. As a parent to 2 children that have learning differences, need extra help in school, and have/had an IEP, it would be excellent if all services were fully funded. I know many families that have not received all the needed serves for their child through public school and had to seek extra help outside of the school, which they paid out of pocket for. Or, like ourselves, who had to fight to get those services after asking several times, when it was clear to everyone that our child was extremely behind, and falling behind more and more before the school would test their child for services. Some people have to go outside of school and pay for the testing. others are not fortunate enough to have the resources to pay for their child to be tested, or to pay for outside services, so the family gives up and the child falls more and more behind.

  2. I am an Early Childhood Special Ed. Teacher at a Title 1 school. This Act will help those students with the greatest needs significantly. We must help them recover a year’s worth of learning, and provide them all the opportunities they can have to develop their talents and realize their capabilities. This Act is a big step in the right direction!

  3. As a special educator for the past 40 years, I’ve seen the learning gaps increase exponentially in under-funded and under-serviced neighborhoods like mine, Inwood. The system has needed *fixing* for a long time and is much worse due to the pandemic. Please legislate quickly and ethically!

  4. As a former Special Education teacher and Director of Special Education, fully funding programs that service these students is imperative.

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