ADVOCACY ALERT: Education Dept. Seeks Comment on Revised IDEA Website
Editor’s Note: This is a step in the right direction. Please take a few minutes and go on IDEA.ed.gov and see what you would like to see them add. Please also ask them to include a direct link to the IDEA site off the main DoE page. As it stands now, the IDEA link goes a a page about the law itself but does not go to the resources pages. You have to go to “How Do I Find…” in the top right corner to find a link to the IDEA website itself.
[Source On Special Education]
It was here, then it was gone, now it is back again—and the Education Department wants to make it better.
Idea.ed.gov, the Education Department’s official repository of special education information, has not been thoroughly revamped since the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was reauthorized in 2004. But even though the site was basic by current Internet standards, it was still used by many—when server issues took the special education site offline for several weeks earlier this year, the outage caused a stir among parents, advocates, and ultimately members of Congress.
When the site was brought back up, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she planned to work with stakeholders to build a new and improved portal. To that end, the Education Department is seeking comments on what people would want to see in a better special education website.
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