OUR CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND ** WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW ** National Call-In Day – Thursday, June 3, 2004 Two bad bills conferenced together WILL NOT make aMessage 1 of 1 , May 30, 2004View SourceOUR CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND
National Call-In Day – Thursday, June 3, 2004
Two bad bills conferenced together WILL NOT make a good IDEA!
Stop the House-Senate Conference Committee
OPPOSE the Conference Committee report!
Last Spring the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1350,
its version of a bill to amend and reauthorize IDEA.
This bill was opposed by virtually every parent and advocacy organization in the nation because it greatly weakens the current IDEA law.
Two weeks ago the U.S. Senate passed its version of the bill.
The Senate bill is an improvement over the House bill in a number of respects,
but also significantly weakens the current IDEA law.
The next step is for a Conference Committee
consisting of representatives from the House and Senate
to negotiate the differences between the two bills.
Committee members usually adopt language
from either the House or Senate bills,
so it is almost certain that any bill coming from the Conference Committee
will substantially weaken protections for
children with disabilities and compromise their right
to an high quality education.
On Thursday, June 3, 2004, parents and advocates from across the nation will join together to make the Congress and the White House phones ring all day with a clear and consistent message:
The House and the Senate Bills leave our children behind!
OPPOSE the Conference committee!
To find out who your Representatives and Senators are and to get their telephone numbers go to www.congress.gov or call the switchboard at1-800-839-5276.
Call the White House at 202-456-1111.