The National Center for Learning Disabilities won another battle in the fight to protect our nation’s children with learning disabilities on Thursday, October 20th with the defeat of Senator Johnny Isakson’s (R-GA) discriminatory amendment to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Senator Iskason’s amendment would have resulted in an even higher number of students being unnecessarily placed into less challenging systems of standards and assessments.
Upon learning of the amendment, the National Center for Learning Disabilities sent out an action alert to our devoted followers and also drafted a letter to all members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee explaining the severity and implications of this amendment. Thanks to all of the passionate advocates who dispersed this information through both new and traditional media. Without you, the National Center for Learning Disabilities could not succeed in drawing attention to this discriminatory amendment.
Following the blocking of this amendment, NCLD sent a letter to Chairman Tom Harkin and all others who voted to support students with disabilities: Senators Bennet, Bingaman, Blumenthal, Casey, Franken, Hagan, Kirk, Merkley, Mikulski, Murkowski, Murray, Sanders, and Whitehouse.
We are committed to protecting the nearly 2.5 million K-12 students with learning disabilities and their families. As such, we will continue to monitor the progress of the ESEA (formerly known as “No Child Left Behind”) reauthorization bill as it moves through the Senate and seek your help whenever possible.