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House Education Chairman to Push for More Special Education Aid

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House education committee.

—Dawn Villella/AP-File

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, plans to pour new energy into a perennial priority: bolstering funding for special education.

Education advocates, Congress, and the Obama administration need to put special education funding first, Mr. Kline said in an interview following a roundtable in his district on the issue.

Participants included special education teachers; a parent of a child receiving special education services; Chris Richardson, the superintendent of the 3, 700-student Northfield Public school district; Denise Specht, the president of Education Minnesota, an affiliate of both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers; and Mary Kusler, the director of government relations for the NEA.

"It's easy for people to say we need to fund special education and then get distracted by many, many different things, " Rep. Kline said. "We ought to be meeting the federal government's commitment to funding special education and that ought to be the first priority."

But it's unclear how Rep. Kline's goal of significantly growing the federal bottom line for special education—which now stands at roughly $11.5 billion—will square with an austere budget climate that leaves little room for new, big increases to any single program. It is also unclear how the proposal will fare in his own party, which is resistant to spending increases generally.

Last week, Rep. Kline held a roundtable in his district, near the Twin Cities, on special education. This isn't a new issue for Rep. Kline, who has criticized President Barack Obama in the past for neglecting to increase formula grants—such as special education funding—while boosting competitive grants, such as the president's signature Race to the Top program.

And earlier this year, Rep. Kline was one of more than 130 lawmakers to sign onto a letter asking the president to boost funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in his most recent budget request. Despite their efforts, the administration ultimately asked for level funding in fiscal 2015, which covers the 2015-16 school year.

Meeting the Commitment

Under the IDEA, the federal government initially was supposed to pick up 40 percent of the excess cost of educating students with disabilities, but it has continually fallen short of that goal.

House Democrats—led by Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee—have been trying to get mandatory funding for IDEA for years. Mr. Van Hollen and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers recently re-introduced a bill that would make full funding for the program essentially automatic, as it is for Social Security and Medicare.

Although Mr. Kline supports increased special education spending, he's not sure shifting the program to the mandatory side of the ledger is the way to go, particularly as lawmakers are working to rein in spending.

"I think we're going to push to put less money into the automatic-pilot, mandatory mode, " he said. "I'm resistant to that. We already have too much in the entitlement pile."


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