Honestly, I’ve been so starved for political news this year that actually relates to special education, I’ll even take this tidbit, nestled in a speech that former New Hampshire governor and current Senate candidate Jeanne Shaheen made Wednesday:
The federal government has made a commitment to the states to ensure children with disabilities receive an equal opportunity for an excellent education, and we should honor that commitment by setting a goal of fully funding IDEA within eight years. ... We need a senator who will fight for special education funding instead of voting against it eight times. We need a new direction on special education, and we need a new senator."
That not-so-veiled attack would appear to be aimed at her opponent, incumbent Republican John E. Sununu.
Supporting “full funding” of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act seems to be a safe bet for candidates; both Barack Obama and John McCain say they’re for it. Now, if I could just get them to say a little more...
A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.