Federal Policy and Positions 2017
Current position statements adopted by the CAPSS Board:
Support Students, Families and Special Populations
CAPSS supports the reauthorization of IDEA because:
A. In order to ensure equitable distribution of federal dollars with greater investments in formula driven programs.
B. Permanently resolve sequestration through a combination of spending cuts and revenue increases.
C. Support expansion of access to early education to all children.
D. Fully Fund IDEA: By honoring its commitment to support the education of students with disabilities, Congress will enable districts to shift dollars towards new initiatives that address their local needs.
E. Ensure IEP teams shape assessment determinations for students with disabilities.
F. Address special education disproportionality more effectively and flexibly.
G. Ensure school leaders can keep students and school personnel safe.
H. Fully Fund IDEA: By honoring its commitment to support the education of students with disabilities.
I. Streamline IDEA procedures by permitting parents and school personnel to opt-out of processes and paperwork related to IEPs to allow more time for teaching and learning.
J. Ensure districts have greater flexibility to reduce local maintenance of effort levels for IDEA if the provision and quality of services for students with disabilities is unaffected.
Support Swift Resolution to Disputes Involving Special Needs Programs
CAPSS supports AASA Language Designed to Reform Special Education Due Process because:
A. It would reform the special education due process system to provide more effective, less costly and less litigious means of resolving disputes.
B. Establish reasonable parameters around request for Independent Education Evaluations
C. Seek to place the Burden of Proof on the party seeking arbitration.
The guiding principles for federal education policy all stem from equity and the important role the federal government stands to play in leveling the education playing field for all students.
CAPSS supports the Full Funding of Title I because:
A. Federal policy equity includes both policy and resources, both of which should remain available to all students, schools and states.
B. The role of the federal government in education is to help ensure access to equitable educational opportunities and to supplement and support, rather than dictate, local efforts in education.
C. It is unrealistic to expect all students to achieve college and career readiness without providing districts the necessary funding to do this challenging work.
D. Federal funding should support the total child, from physical and mental health to the development of fundamental lifelong learning skills.
E. School systems should not be required to spend state and local funds for federal mandates.
*In an attempt to maintain advocacy consistency most of the bullet points are from the AASA Legislative agenda. Some have been modified and a few have been added to address Connecticut’s specific needs.