Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Students with Disabilities, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education of the Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, May 6, 2021 [open pdf - 33MB]
This is the May 6, 2021 hearing on "Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] on Students with Disabilities," held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education of the Committee on Education and Labor. From the opening statement of Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan: "Today we meet to discuss how the pandemic has affected students with disabilities and our responsibility to ensure they have access to free and appropriate education. As this Subcommittee has established, the pandemic has disrupted the educational lives of tens of millions of students across the country. But no group of students have sought more access to education during this life saving classroom closures than students with disabilities. So to understand why we must examine the long-standing barriers to quality education for students with disabilities and how the pandemic has exacerbated these barriers. For students with disabilities the problem is of equal education opportunity and Federal law is grounded in a basic guarantee. Access to free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment that meets their needs. [...] Over the last year Congress has taken a significant step to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Last year we enacted several relief packages that secured more than 65 billion dollars for K to 12 education, including funding to support students with disabilities. And most recently we enacted the American Rescue Plan which provides more than 130 billion to help schools reopen classrooms safely, including relief for IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act] programs. [...] [W]e will discuss how we can learn from the lessons of this pandemic to ensure equal access to education with all students with disabilities." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Reade Bush, Ronald M. Hager, Danielle M. Kovach, and Kanika A. Littleton.
Serial No. 117-12
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