March 28, 2019

For Public Schools Week, Congressman Joe Neguse Leads IDEA Full Funding Legislation & Co-sponsors Bipartisan Resolution on Public Schools

Washington D.C.—For Public Schools Week, Congressman Joe Neguse joins a bipartisan resolution with House colleagues to prioritize investment in our nation’s public schools, leads legislation to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and recognizes Colorado educators, building on efforts taken already to reduce the cost of childcare, rebuild our schools infrastructure and lower the cost of college.

“I have attended Colorado public schools all my life, and as a father of a future public school student, I understand the importance of investing fully in our public school system and ensuring that every child, regardless of zip-code, ability, race or language can access a quality education through our public schools,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Public Schools Week is a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of students, parents and educators in our public schools and focus on common-sense policy innovations to strengthen our public school system.”

On Tuesday, Neguse joined Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) and others to re-introduce legislation to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). At the original passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1975, the federal government committed to pay 40 percent of the average per pupil expenditure for special education. Unfortunately, that pledge has never been met: current federal funding makes up just 15.7 percent. The bipartisan legislation introduced this week, by Congressman Neguse, Congressman Huffman and six other lawmakers would require regular increases in IDEA spending to finally meet the federal commitment to America’s children and schools.

“Every student has the right to a quality education and the promise laid out in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is meant to fulfill that right for children across the nation with disabilities, yet for far too long the federal government has fallen far short on funding this program. When I talk with teachers across Colorado, they always tell me one of the best things we can do to support public education is to fully fund IDEA,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Full IDEA funding is essential to ensuring that students with disabilities can fully access quality education and have every opportunity to succeed. That is why I’m proud to lead on this bipartisan initiative to ensure that the federal government holds up their end of the bargain to fully fund this program and to ensure that children with disabilities are able to live up to their full potential.”

Neguse is also taking efforts throughout the week to recognize Colorado teachers, faculty and school boards who are working to serve our children.

Since being sworn in, Neguse has co-sponsored legislation to ensure that working families have access to high-quality, affordable child care (Child Care for Working Families Act), legislation to invest in school infrastructure (Rebuild America’s Schools Act), to allow for emergency refinancing in student loans (Banks on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act), and to end hazing on college campuses (REACH Act).

Find more information on Public Schools Week 2019 here.