A federal law aimed at preventing school closures is only about two weeks away.
The Department of Education announced Thursday that it has decided to end the rulemaking process for a federal program called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which was established to provide a range of services to students with disabilities.
According to a statement from the department, the decision was made because the law was “not sufficiently robust to address the challenges faced by students with learning disabilities.”
The IDEA, which is designed to ensure equal access to education for students with intellectual disabilities, was signed into law in 1992.
However, the Obama administration did not take action until the current administration was in the White House, which resulted in the rule making process being frozen.
“IDEA is designed so that students with special needs can learn, not be punished, but the Obama Administration has failed to protect students with such disabilities from having their rights compromised,” said Jessica Levinson, a spokesperson for the American Federation of Teachers.
Levinson noted that IDEA’s rules allow for districts to close schools that are failing to meet certain standards. “
The Trump Administration must now end the IDEA rulemaking and implement a comprehensive reform to protect our students and families, including protections for students and their families who are not eligible for federal funds under IDEA.”
Levinson noted that IDEA’s rules allow for districts to close schools that are failing to meet certain standards.
“To protect students, districts must adopt a process to review and improve their policies on the day of school closure.
And schools must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to ensure they are meeting IDEA standards for a number of reasons including, but not limited to, student outcomes, teacher quality, academic achievement, and student safety,” Levinson said.
She noted that the Trump White House has also not taken action on the legislation for the Department of Transportation, which was passed in the first half of 2017.
The Transportation Department is the Department responsible for overseeing transportation, education, and safety in the United States.
The Trump administration is the only one that has not taken any action on IDEA or the Transportation Department’s rulemaking, which would help ensure that students are receiving equal access.
According the National Association of School Resource Officers, there are currently 4.6 million students in the country who are eligible for IDEA benefits, of which roughly 40 percent are students with a disability.
IDEA has a range to help students who have special needs, but that is still under-represented in the education system, Levinson added.
“A child with learning disability should not have to wait weeks or months to get a chance to learn,” said Lisa Linn, senior director of the Education and Justice Program at the American Association of People with Disabillities and Disabilities.
“They deserve equal access in every aspect of education, not just in the classroom.
As parents and educators, we should be protecting all children from discrimination.”
The Trump Administration’s decision comes as Trump has announced that he is taking steps to expand education funding.
During a rally in Alabama on Monday, Trump said that he was going to end federal aid to public schools because the federal government was “buying up” public education.
“It’s time to get rid of this government that’s buying up schools, and it’s time for the feds to take the lead,” Trump said.
“I am going to take a lot of the federal money and build a new school.
That’s what I’m going to do.”
While the Trump campaign has said that the federal funding should be redistributed to states, Trump’s administration has been less specific on where it will go.
The Education Department has said in a statement that it would make the federal rulemaking program available to states.
“With the current status of the rulemaker process, the Department has decided that States are not required to provide funds to states under the IDEA,” the statement said.
The decision comes just one week after the Trump Education Department launched a campaign to expand funding to private schools, according to Politico.
“Private schools have been able to continue to provide the high-quality education they have been offering for decades, without the threat of closure,” Trump told supporters at a rally earlier this month.
“Now, with the new administration taking office, I am determined to help our private schools thrive.
We need more schools like yours to succeed.”