AASA Executive Director Issues Statement on IDEA Regulation


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – December 13, 2017 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement that it would be suspending the implementation of the significant disproportionality regulation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

“AASA supports the decision to roll-back Obama-era regulations on IDEA that would impose significant costs and administrative burdens on half of the school districts throughout the country.

“We share advocates’ concern with over-identification of some students in special education and disproportionate discipline rates for some students in special education. However, we firmly disagree that the specific regulation issued by the Department was within the agency’s scope and voiced deep concerns with the process, the initially proposed and final regulations.

“This heavy-handed and aggressive regulation by the Obama Administration should be pulled back given the enormous financial consequences for districts, particularly in light of current IDEA funding levels which is less than what districts received in 2008.

“Congress, not the Department, should address this complicated and important policy issue that impacts students with disabilities and the diversity of school districts that serve them. We stand ready to work with Congress to develop a common sense policy solution.”
For specific questions, please contact Sasha Pudelski, AASA assistant director, policy and advocacy, at spudelski@aasa.org.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.