A Missouri Congressman says a proposal of his for this session of Congress simply aims to make the federal government keep its word. Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt says Congress should redirect the $2-and-a-half Billion increase in the federal education budget proposed by President Clinton. Blunt says the president’s call for new programs should be rejected and the money used to fund the Individuals with Disabilities Act. The act passed in 1975 requires school districts provide special services for students with disabilities. The federal government promised 40% funding, but falls far short of that. Blunt says allocating an additional $2-and-a-half Billion each of the next five years would raise the federal funding to its promised level. Blunt says Missouri receives roughly $50-Million for disability services and should receive around $200-Million. He says the disparity keeps schools from funding needed programs.
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