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On July 31, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced the Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA Act (H.R. 4107), a bipartisan bill to restore full funding for education and services for children with disabilities.

Both federal grant programs to assist states with early intervention services for children with disabilities ages 3-5 and 0-3 - Part B, Section 619 and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education (IDEA) Act respectively - are in high demand and are woefully underfunded. The number of students requiring the services they provide has been increasing at a faster rate than the funding the programs are receiving. Adjusted for inflation, per-child funding for both Section 619 and Part C have decreased from their peaks by more than 64%. The Funding Early Childhood is the Right IDEA Act would restore funding back to where it belongs.

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