Essay on The Social Problem Of Disabled Children

1916 Words Dec 4th, 2016 8 Pages
Through all the research conducted, the most prevalent political factor found affects both the IDEA and the social problem. This factor encompasses the question of who is in charge and enforcing the availability of the funding. When the IDEA was first established, Congress committed to paying 40 percent of the average cost to educate a disabled child, and entrusted the states and local governments to fulfill the remaining costs (CEC, 2015). The Council of Exceptional Children (2015) report also explains that Congress had developed a process for gradually phasing in funding increases for IDEA requirements. Unfortunately, Congress never satisfied this promise, and thus, funding for the policy has progressively decreased throughout the years. Subsequently, the cost of carrying out the act’s requirements has been placed on the states and local communities.
This failure of Congress to follow through with their part of the deal has had major effects on the IDEA and its ability to be a fully effective policy. Since the IDEA is the chief legislation in place to address the social problem of disabled children lacking a proper education, this political failure directly effects their ability to succeed. Additional advocacy to hold Congress accountable and make sure that the funding for IDEA is required and accessible is needed to assure equality and adequacy of legislation. This political disappointment demonstrates that the legislation is not matching the IDEA’s goals, which…

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