Federal officials ease requirements on special-education funding

Advocates for students with disabilities are questioning a recent decision by federal officials to loosen maintenance-of-effort requirements for school districts, allowing them to reduce special-education spending from year-to-year without impunity. Some advocates are asking that the changes be rescinded, but federal officials say the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guarantees students will continue to receive needed services and prevents districts from making broad cuts. Others -- including the Council for Exceptional Children -- want the federal government to increase funding for special education.

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