CSSJR 26(HES): Urging the President and the Congress to provide additional funding for special education services.
00 CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 26(HES) 01 Urging the President and the Congress to provide additional funding for special 02 education services. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the budget submitted to the United States Congress in 2001 by President 05 Bush includes increased funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; and 06 WHEREAS, in 1975, the Congress passed P.L. 94-142, which is part of the 07 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and provided a national framework for providing 08 free, appropriate public education to all students regardless of the level or severity of 09 disability; and 10 WHEREAS the Congress, in its initial passage of the Individuals with Disabilities 11 Education Act, declared its intent to fund 40 percent of special education costs; and 12 WHEREAS, since the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the 13 states have been primarily responsible for providing funding for special education services; 14 and 15 WHEREAS special education services are being provided to all eligible children in 16 Alaska; and
01 WHEREAS many states, including Alaska, must provide substantial state funding to 02 fill the gaps left by the Congress's unfunded promise; and 03 WHEREAS the recent increases in federal funds for schools, including the increases 04 in special education funding, have come with substantial mandates and limitations on the use 05 of funds; and 06 WHEREAS the Congress is presently debating the most effective ways to improve 07 education within the states; and 08 WHEREAS the federal government is now estimating a surplus of 09 $5,600,000,000,000 the next 10 years; 10 BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the United States Congress 11 should speedily adhere to the goal set out in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 12 and appropriate to the states significant, genuine assistance to meet the needs of students with 13 disabilities and to relieve schools of the necessity of cross-subsidizing special education 14 revenue with general education revenue. 15 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President 16 of the United States; the Honorable James M. Jeffords, Chair, U.S. Senate Committee on 17 Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; the Honorable John A. Boehner, Chair, U.S. House 18 Committee on Education and the Workforce; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the 19 Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. 20 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.