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Sign-on Opportunity to Oppose IDEA / Rehabilitation Act Waivers!

As you likely know, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act directed the Secretary of Education to submit a report to Congress on additional flexibilities she recommends for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Rehabilitation Act, and other laws. While the report is due within 30 days of enactment, we understand that the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is actively working on the report and plans to submit it well before the deadline.

The Education Taskforce of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) has drafted this letter to Congress strongly opposing any waivers to IDEA or the Rehabilitation Act during COVID-19. While it was originally open to national organizations, they have now opened it up to state and local organizations for signatures as well.

If your organization can support this effort to maintain students’ civil rights and educational opportunity, please sign on using this Google form by 12:00 Noon Eastern on Thursday, April 9

If this form is inaccessible to you, please email Gabe at gabe@ncil.org with the following information, and he will sign you on:

  • Your name
  • Your email
  • Whether you represent a state, local, or national organization
  • In which state you primarily operate
  • Your organization’s name exactly as you’d like it to appear on the letter
  • And please affirm that you have the authority to sign your organization on

Keyword: COVID-19

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