Advocates continue to push for maintenance-of-effort rule

01/9/2012 | Education Week

Some special-education advocacy groups are continuing to press federal officials on their decision last year to allow school districts more flexibility to keep special-education spending at reduced levels, after trimming them temporarily for specific reasons. The advocates want the government to rescind the new guidelines and are now calling on the National Council on Disability to support their view that giving states freedom from the so-called maintenance-of-effort provision threatens students' rights to an adequate education under federal law.

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