Fully fund special education.
  • Petitioned US Congress

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Fully fund special education.

    1. James Woodhead
    2. Petition by

      James Woodhead

      Union City, CA


     In 1975 Congres passed a law guaranteeing students with disabilities a free, appropriate public education. They promised to pay 40% of the surplus cost for educating these students.  They have never provided even half of what they had promised.  That's 37 years of broken promises.


     Students with disabilities have much lower graduation rates and employment prospects than their peers.  In California, for example, a little less than half of students with disabilities have been able to pass the high school exit exam and only 34% are employed after they leave high school.  The lack of federal funding means that local school districts must pay for special education programs out of general funds.  That hurts all students.


     Exemplary programs make it clear that students with disabilities can learn and lead and productive lives.  Without proper education and support, these kids wind up in need of public assistance.  Worse yet, many get caught up in the criminal justice system.  With the right resources, this tragic waste of human resources can be averted.


     The time to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) has come.  We urge Congress to act now. These kids do not belong to somebody else, they belong to all of us.  We all have an obligation to do the best we can to see that all our kids reach their full potential.  Now that's a good IDEA.






Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. I have revised the text to make it more reader friendly.

      James Woodhead
      Petition Organizer

      We seem to have hit a plateau in signature gathering for this full funding for special education petition. Please check your contact lists to forward this petition. Surely with about 10% of the school age population in this country connected to special education there are more than 1,000 people willing to sign this petition. It is up to you to keep this petition alive. Get creative. Hope is hard to come by these days but that is exactly what our kids need.
      Jim Woodhead

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Darleen Kummer Feig MARINA DEL REY, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have personally seen those closest to me suffer because of your broken promises. Please represent to your "fullest capabilities" those you've left behind and who need you so very, very much. It's up to you!

      Thank you in advance for doing what this country has entrusted you all to do.

      • over 2 years ago

      I'm a sped. teacher and it's of utmost importance that our children receive the services they need!

    • Brenda Pittman JONESBORO, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      These kids deserve the same education as anyone else.

    • Elizabeth Sivrais CHULA VISTA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      As a teacher of students with moderate/severe disabilities for 22 years, I am constantly seeing us needing more assistance to deal with our caseload and with much less resources. We are minimally meeting many of these kids' needs. I think they could make more growth in their progress if we had more access to resources that cost money that districts justvdon't have.

    • Francine Tsuboi LINDSAY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I teach special efucation


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