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This article was adapted from remarks made by Senator Frist at the NPND Annual Meeting on October 2, 1995.
Members of the NPND Board of Director's met with Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), Chairman of the Early Childhood, Youth and Families Subcommittee of the House Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities, which has been responsible for initiating the development of the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
For information about drafts of these bills, contact your local PTI; NPND can direct you to that PTI if you do not know how to find it.)
NPND staff members Patricia McGill Smith, Executive Director, and Larry Searcy, Associate Executive Director, asked participants to evaluate the interest and energy of parents in their local communities for this type of active advocacy.
NPND briefed key Senate and House staff members on their concerns about the reauthorization of the IDEA Senator Bill First (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, opened the briefing.
NPND opposes holding the IDEA hostage to a bill that is controversial, and has forwarded a letter to this effect to the House Economic and Education Opportunities Committee staff We do not think that this reverse strategy will necessarily work.
If you do not know how to reach that center, call NPND (703/684-6763).
* Excerpted from an '"NPND alert" sent to NPND members on December 15, 1993.
NPND, working with its advocacy partners, made a major contribution with the inclusion of students with disabilities in the bill's definition of "all students."
For a list of references and select resources, contact NPND, 1600 Prince St., #115, Alexandria, Va.
For a list of References and Select Resources please contact: NPND 1600 Princt Street, #115 Alexandria, VA 22314.
NPND thanks and commends all of the parents who responded to the Legislative Alerts sent out during the reauthorization process of the Rehabilitation Act.