Stand for Children joined with more than 300 organizations to sign a letter this week to help protect students with disabilities and their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The CARES Act directed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide Congress with a list of the waivers she is requesting under IDEA. If granted by Congress, these waivers would free states and school districts from their legal obligations, such as designing and implementing individualized education plans (IEPs), collaborating with parents, and providing equal educational access to students with disabilities.
The letter, addressed to congressional leadership, expresses our opposition to waivers under (IDEA) or the Rehabilitation Act.
During this unprecedented time, it is absolutely crucial to protect the civil liberties of students with disabilities.