Congress To Honor IDEA Anniversary
The House of Representatives is expected to consider a resolution Tuesday to mark the 35th anniversary of legislation that dramatically increased educational opportunities for children with disabilities.
The law now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, was originally passed in 1975 as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. Under the legislation, children with disabilities are guaranteed a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
Now the House will consider a resolution to honor the 35th anniversary of the education act, which will take place on Nov. 29. The resolution introduced by Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., is widely expected to be approved by the House when it is brought up Tuesday afternoon.
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Unlike bills, resolutions are largely ceremonial and are not brought before the president. The resolution honoring the IDEA anniversary will be considered alongside several other measures that are deemed uncontentious under a suspension of the rules, meaning there will be limited debate and a simplified voting procedure.