Harkin's new post could bring more dollars for special education

09/11/2009 | Education Week

With Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, being named head of the Senate committee overseeing education, full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act may be a possibility, writes a former Education Week reporter in this blog post. Harkin, a longtime advocate of full funding, has introduced a measure that would have the federal government cover 40% of the average per-pupil cost of special education. Federal funding has never been more than 18% since IDEA was passed in 1975.

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