Ask These 5 Questions to Know Where Candidates Stand on Education Issues

With election season just around the corner, many Congressional, state and local candidates are holding events in your area so they can speak directly with voters. You can help make sure education and disability issues are a top priority in our local, state, and federal governments. Here are some ideas for questions you can ask every candidate to know where they stand on important issues. You may only have a few minutes, so ask a question that is most meaningful to you.

1. Should elected officials fund programs that train teachers in our schools to better support the 1 in 5 kids with learning and attention issues?

Learn more about teacher training and professional development.

2. Should more schools focus on a student’s strengths when developing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)?

Learn more about NCLD’s work on strengths-based IEPs.

3. What will you do to ensure that students with disabilities are taught self-advocacy and self-determination skills so they can succeed in school and beyond?

Learn more about NCLD’s work on self-advocacy and self-determination skills.

4. What will you do to ensure students with disabilities have equal opportunities to attend college and receive the supports they need?

Learn more about NCLD’s work to improve outcomes for students with disabilities after high school.

5. Do you believe the government  should ensure students of color are not over or under identified as needing special education services or disciplined more harshly than other students?

Learn more about NCLD’s positions on the disparate treatment of students with disabilities.

The candidate’s answers will let you know where they stand on the most pressing issues impacting students with disabilities. Make your voice heard through the election process so education is a top priority for elected officials next year!

And don’t forget to register to vote!

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