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Roberts continues push for special ed funding

Good for Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., for renewing his push to get the federal government to honor its commitment to fully fund special education. Roberts and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, reintroduced a bill to increase federal funding over six years until the federal government fully funds special education, as it promised to do when it approved the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act in 1975. This year, thanks to an infusion of one-time stimulus money, federal funding will pay for 34 percent of special ed costs. "Congress made a promise to our schools and our children to share the cost of special education," Roberts said in a statement. "It's time that Congress relieve our state and local governments of the financial burden they have been forced to shoulder, especially in these tough economic times."